P3.5M worth of smuggled cigarettes seized in Zamboanga City

Marje Pelayo   •   July 16, 2021   •   506

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs, Port of Zamboanga (BOC-POZ) on Friday (July 16) reported the seizure of P3.5 million worth of smuggled cigarettes offshore Manalipa Island in Zamboanga City.

During the operation, which happened on Thursday (July 15), authorities conducted seaborne patrol which resulted in the successful interception of one motorized wooden watercraft locally known as “jungkong” named MPB Arshan.

The said watercraft was manned by four crew members and bound for mainland Zamboanga.

It was transporting a total of 100 master cases of King Perfect cigarettes with a total estimated value of P 3.5 million.

Subsequently, the apprehending units together with the operatives from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) conducted visual inspection and paneling on the items for possible presence of illegal drugs.

The seized watercraft and the master cases of cigarettes are under the custody of the BOC for proper inventory and disposition for violation of the provisions of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) of 2016 and the Tobacco Exportation and Importation Rules and Regulations being implemented by the National Tobacco Administration pursuant to Executive Order No. 245.

4 kilograms of shark teeth seized in Mactan, Cebu

Marje Pelayo   •   September 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Customs (BOC) reported the seizure of a parcel containing 4.98 kilograms of extracted shark teeth misdeclared as plastic components for fashion accessories.

The shipment, which was seized in BOC Cebu-Subport of Mactan on Tuesday (August 31), was discovered through x-ray imaging which prompted the X-Ray inspection project team (XIP) to mark it for further verification.

Accordingly, BOC authorities conducted a physical examination on the parcel together with representatives from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and DHL Express Cebu.

The BFAR representative confirmed the contents of the parcel to be shark teeth and not plastic components as declared and records show the shipment had no import permit issued by BFAR.

Acting District Collector Charlito Martin Mendoza immediately issued a warrant of seizure and detention against the shipment.

The seized articles will be disposed of in accordance with existing customs laws and regulations after undergoing seizure and forfeiture proceedings.

Unmanifested container of mechanically separated chicken seized at Port of Cebu

Marje Pelayo   •   September 1, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) reported the seizure of a container of unmanifested goods that included uncooked mechanically separated chicken.

The shipment, which was identified to have originated from China, was intercepted at the Port of Cebu last Tuesday (August 24).

The container was flagged down after noting its exclusion from the vessel’s inward foreign manifest and stowage plan.

Also, the vessel failed to file a supplemental manifest within two days from the date of discharge of the last package as required by Customs Administrative Order (CAO) No. 15-2020.

The Port of Cebu initially issued a show cause order against the shipping line to which the latter replied explaining that the unmanifested container was intended to be loaded into a different vessel going to Cebu.

Due to a system glitch in the operational activities of the vessel, the container was inadvertently loaded and discharged at the Port of Cebu.

Acting district collector Charlito Martin Mendoza issued a warrant of seizure and detention against the shipment after finding probable cause for violation of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.

The container was immediately subjected to physical examination to determine its contents and was found to contain uncooked mechanically separated chicken.

The seized goods will undergo seizure and forfeiture proceedings and will thereafter be disposed of in accordance with prevailing customs laws and regulations.

BOC seizes P25-M worth of smuggled medicines

Marje Pelayo   •   August 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Customs (BOC) reported the confiscation of suspected smuggled medicines hidden inside a storage facility in Pasay City.

The composite team which included operatives from the BOC Port of Manila (POM) Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) and members of the Port’s Formal Entry Division (FED) discovered inside the facility various German medicines most of which were suspected to be smuggled.

Among those seized were medicines such as Cactus Compositum for coronary circulatory disorder and Testis Compositum which is used for sexual enhancement.

Other drugs confiscated were those suspected to be used to treat liver diseases as well as those used to manage cholesterol levels.

The said shipments estimated at P25 million pesos worth were suspected not to have the necessary import permits.

The operation was launched on July 27, 2021.

A warrant of Seizure and Detention (WSD) was issued against the goods for the possible violation of Section 1400 of RA 10863 also known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).

The Port of Manila strongly warns against the use of unauthorized medicines (those without permits). It also reminds the public that any medication must be taken under the supervision of an attending physician.

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