Smuggled cigarettes worth P107 million seized at Port of Davao

Robie de Guzman   •   July 22, 2020   •   547

The Bureau of Customs (BOC)-Port of Davao said it has intercepted four 40-foot containers of illegally imported cigarettes valued at P107,414,676.74 through the continuous coordination with the bureau’s Intelligence Group (IG) and Enforcement Group (EG).

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the BOC said intelligence reports earlier revealed that the first two containers that arrived last July 10 at the Davao International Container Terminal (DICT) were said to contain 2,180 boxes of brand-new tissue papers.

“However, subsequent derogatory information was received from IG and EG that led to the issuance of a Pre-Lodgment Control Order (PLCO) after discovering that no goods declaration was lodged by the consignee and possible misdeclaration of the said commodity,” the bureau said.

The shipment was consigned to Golden Aark Enterprises.

Authorities then conducted non-intrusive inspection and 100% physical examination that yielded misdeclaration of goods as 1,205 boxes Astro Branded Cigarettes and 942 boxes of YS filter cigarettes resulting to the apprehension last July 14.

The BOC said two more containers arrived at the same terminal last July 12 declaring 1,940 boxes of the same commodity.

Authorities conducted x-ray inspection and 100% examination that revealed 942 boxes of YS filter cigarettes and 941 Fort Branded Cigarettes which were also apprehended last July 16 at DICT.

The agency noted that the previous apprehension had the offenders trying to outsmart the system by not declaring the shipment’s details in the e-manifest – a system by which BOC determines the cargo’s details and its intended port of destination.

However, intensified intel gathering revealed that the intended destination of these shipments was Davao; to which customs has sole jurisdiction in conducting examination.

“In the midst of the pandemic, Customs Davao shall ensure that its border security protocols, and coordination with partner agencies remain steadfast in securing the borders of Mindanao” Customs Davao District Collector, Atty. Erastus Sandino Austria said.

The bureau said Austria issued a Warrant of Seizure and Detention (WSD) to these illicit articles in violation of Executive Order No.245 “Amended Rules and Regulations Governing the Exportation and Importation of Leaf Tobacco and Tobacco Products”, Graphic Health Warnings (GHW) Law or R.A. 10643, otherwise known as “An Act to Effectively Instill Health Consciousness through Graphic Health Warning on Tobacco Products.” and section 117 of R.A. 10863 or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).

Last June 3, 2020, the agency said that Sub-port Dadiangas in General Santos City also apprehended 1,325 boxes of smuggled cigarettes from Vietnam valued at more than Php 24 million.

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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