P3.5-M worth of illegal cigarettes seized in Lanao del Sur – BOC

Robie de Guzman   •   December 3, 2020   •   1110

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Thursday said its operatives in the Port of Cagayan de Oro have intercepted a truckload of cigarettes estimated to worth P3.5 million in Lanao del Sur.

The BOC said 68 master cases containing 3,400 reams of San Marino cigarettes were seized in Barangay Pawak, Saguiaran on November 25.

The operation was launched by the BOC-Port of Cagayan de Oro, together with the Lanao del Sur Police Provincial Office after receiving information about the transport of smuggled cigarettes from Zamboanga to some parts of Lanao del Sur.

The BOC said the illegal cigarettes were intercepted in a routine quarantine control checkpoint manned by the local police.

Suspects onboard the wing van were apprehended for “failure to present their quarantine pass and medical certificates.”

The BOC said that thorough inspection of the wing van revealed the carriage of cigarettes, which were found to be illegally imported after failure to present import permit and other necessary documents.

A Warrant of Seizure and Detention against the smuggled goods was issued in violation of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA), the bureau said.

The illicit cigarettes are set to be disposed of awaiting court order, it 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 seized P4.80M worth of smuggled cigarettes

Maris Federez   •   October 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Tuesday announced that the elements of its Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) and Enforcement and Security Service-Customs Police Division (ESS-CPD) intercepted two motorized wooden watercraft on Friday (Oct. 8).

The BOC said the operation was conducted in coordination with the Philippine National Police’s 2nd Zamboanga City Mobile Force Company (PNP ZCMFC).

The two watercraft, locally called “Jungkong”, were loaded with assorted smuggled cigarettes with an estimated value of ₱4,795,000.

The Customs said that during the interception, the watercraft with body mark M/V Mernalyn Z was found to be loaded with more or less 50 master cases of assorted smuggled cigarettes.

Another watercraft with the body mark M/J AZ-ZHAHIR was loaded with an estimated eighty-seven (87) master cases of the same smuggled articles.

In total, 137 master cases of smuggled cigarettes were seized from both vessels, according to the BOC.

Customs authorities said the watercraft and smuggled cigarettes shall be subject to seizure and forfeiture proceeding under Section 1113 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA). —/mbmf

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