BOC seized P9-M worth of cigarettes and fireworks from China

Bureau of Customs (BOC) is in the headline again… with a good news.

Proving that the corruption in the Bureau is in the past with the present Duterte administration, the men and women of the just made a report regarding a big ticket items trying to be smuggled in Manila.

Custom authorities reported that recently they were able to seize two (2) 40- footer vans containing misdeclared items from China. 

The worth of the seized items from China was pegged at around P8.98 million, which was apprehended at the port of Manila.

The apprehended shipment were loaded with cigarettes and fireworks arrived on different dates, said Bureau of Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña.

The cargo containing cigarettes arrived on Feb. 21 and consigned to Paragon Platinum International Trading Corporation with office located at unit 108, The Centennial Bldg., 375 Escolta St., Binondo, Manila.

BOC records shows that the importer diclosed the signing customs broker as Bernandine Miranda resideing at 3034 Bagac St., Manuguit, Tondo, Manila.

Originally, Paragon’s shipment was declared as brackets but upon inspection by the BOC personnel it found out containing boxes of cigarettes worth of PHP8.2 million.

"The hidden cigarettes were discovered by the initiative of the Office of the District Collector through profiling," Commissioner Lapeña said in a statement.

The other shipment was alerted to BOC only last week ( February 27) and it arrived last year December 31,2017) The consignee on record was identified as Power Buster Marketing with office address at Baria Compound, Paradahan 1, Tanza, Cavite.

"Upon inspection, we discovered boxes of fireworks instead of the declaration which is footwear," the BOC chief added.

The fireworks will be turned over to the Philippine National Police- Firearms and Explosives Office for proper disposition while the cigarettes will be destroyed. 

The importers will be facing cases for  violation of Section 1400 of RA 10863 or Customs Modernization and Tariff Act. The BOC has already filed the appropriate paper work for the issuance of warrant of seizure and detention for the misdeclared goods.

"These apprehensions are results of the enhanced border protection of the ports and the continued suspension of the Green Lane," BOC Commissioner Lapeña said.

Source: PNA

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