Over P186 million worth of smuggled cigarettes seized in Manila Port

Robie de Guzman   •   July 28, 2020   •   1371

MANILA, Philippines – Around seven containers carrying undeclared cigarettes were intercepted at the Manila International Container Port (MICP), the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said.

In a statement on Monday, the BOC said around 6,249 master cases of Two Moon, Mighty, Marvel and D&B Cigarettes that are estimated to have the market value of P P186.9 million were found inside the containers upon physical examination of its personnel.

Verification of documents showed that the shipment came from China and were declared to contain towels, school bags, bed sheets, non-woven bags and fabrics.

The BOC said the operation marks the biggest apprehension of smuggled cigarettes by MICP.

Possible charges may be filed against those behind the shipment for violation of Section 117 in relation to Section 1113 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) and other relative National Tobacco Administration (NTA) and Bureau of Internal revenue (BIR) rules and regulations, the bureau added.

BOC seizes P17 million worth of smuggled agri, frozen food products

Robie de Guzman   •   October 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Wednesday said it has confiscated an estimated P17 million worth of smuggled agricultural and frozen food products in various operations.

In a statement, the BOC said that P2 million worth of frozen food products were seized in San Nicolas in Manila and P15 million in Caloocan City.

The items were confiscated on Oct. 15 in a simultaneous operations conducted by teams from the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) of Manila International Container Port (MICP), National Bureau of Investigation, and PCG Task Force Aduana.

The BOC said the operation was launched when the items arrived at the cold storage facilities.

In the initial inventory of the goods in San Nicolas Manila, the bureau said that hundreds of boxes of frozen Peking duck, shabu-shabu balls, dimsum, mushroom, Chinese sausage, and others were found.

On the other hand, frozen pork, chicken, fish, beef plus pork liver, fish skin, and others were found in Caloocan.

“Since other regulated imported foodstuff was found, a Letter of Authority was then issued by the Commissioner against the owners, representatives, and whoever is in possession of the imported goods found,” the bureau said.

On the same date, two containers initially declared as “frozen malt” were inspected and found out to contain smuggled onions.

The shipment that arrived at Port of Cagayan de Oro was consigned to South Road Consumer Goods Trading.

Meanwhile, on October 18 at the same port, another examination of two containers consigned to Glimmer Cape Food Products Trading said to contain seasoning, was conducted resulting in the discovery of onions.

The subject goods shall be subject to seizure and forfeiture proceedings in violation of Section 1113 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act, the BOC said.

P3 million worth of smuggled onions seized in Cagayan

Robie de Guzman   •   October 19, 2021

Two containers filled with onions allegedly smuggled from China were confiscated at the Port of Cagayan de Oro, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said.

In a news release on Monday, the BOC said the containers were seized last October 15.

The shipment, which was consigned to South Road Consumer Goods Trading, arrived in Mindanao Container Terminal (MCT) Sub-port in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental.

The BOC said the containers were declared to contain “frozen malt” but was later found to be onions when subjected to physical examination.

The bureau said the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS-CDO) Field Station led by IO1 Oliver Valiente was alerted of the shipment after receiving derogatory information for possibly containing smuggled goods.

A Warrant of Seizure and Detention was already recommended for issuance against the smuggled shipment, it added.

Atty. Elvira Cruz, District Collector of the Port of Cagayan de Oro commended the vigilance of the customs personnel against smuggled vegetables which have been affecting local farmers as the influx of cheap agricultural products in the market significantly reduce their income.

Last September, the BOC said the Port of Cagayan de Oro destroyed P13.5 million worth of smuggled onions from China.

BOC files charges vs traders over P22.68-M smuggled onions, garlic

Maris Federez   •   October 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Customs–Bureau’s Action Team Against Smugglers (BOC-BATAS) filed criminal complaints against alleged four illegal traders of imported onions and garlic from China amounting to more than P22.68 million.

In its Facebook post, the BOC said it has filed a criminal case against FLEVO Trading for the alleged unlawful importation and misdeclaration of the said shipments declared as “Fresh Yellow Onions and Garlic”.

The shipments, with an estimated value of P13,194,368.22, were found to have misdeclared weight and over the total allowable importation in their import permits.

The incident happened on 14 and 16 July 2021, at the Manila International Container Port.

Another criminal case was filed against GBJ Consumer Goods Trading for the alleged unlawful importation and misdeclaration of its shipment declared as “pastries ingredients”.

The shipment, however, was found to contain onions with a total value of P1,721,224.03 on 19 July 2021, at the Port of Davao.

The BOC also reported filing a criminal complaint against JDFALLAR Consumer Goods Trading for a similar offense on its shipments declared as “cream cheese” but were found to contain onions amounting to P5,178,281.58 on 10 August 2021, at the Port of Cagayan de Oro.

The agency also charged PDCC Consumer Goods Trading with a criminal case for the unlawful importation and misdeclaration of its shipment said to contain “frozen puff pastry” but was found to contain onions on 10 August 2021, at the Port of Cagayan de Oro.

According to the BOC, criminal and administrative charges were filed against the customs brokers who processed the importation of the subject smuggled agricultural products.

“The importers and the customs brokers violated Republic Act No. 10863, otherwise known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA), Republic Act No. 10845, otherwise known as the Anti-Agricultural Smuggling Act of 2016, and other pertinent laws, rules, and regulations,” the BOC said.

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