BoC de­stroys P5-M seized goods

Manila Times - - News - WIL­LIAM B. DEPASUPIL

MORE than P5 mil­lion of as­sorted food stuffs and other

over the week­end by the Bureau of Cus­toms (BoC) in sep­a­rate fa­cil­i­ties in La­guna and Bu­la­can prov­inces.

Cus­toms Com­mis­sioner Isidro Lapena said the con­dem­na­tion process was in line with pub­lic in­ter­est and trans­parency in the dis­po­si­tion of for­feited goods.

Con­demed at the fa­cil­ity of Tritek Re­verse Lo­gis­tics Corp. in San Pe­dro City, La­guna were four 40-footer con­tainer vans of as­sorted food­stuffs worth at least P4 mil­lion.

The ship­ments, which con­tained choco­late spreads, cof­fee creamer, creams, juices, and air fresh­en­ers, weres not cov­ered by any cer­tifi­cate of prod­uct regis­tra­tion from the Food and Drugs Ad­min­is­tra­tion (FDA).

They were au­to­mat­i­cally

to Section 1113 (Prop­erty Sub-

in re­la­tion to Repub­lic Act 9711 oth­er­wise known as, FDA Act of 2009.

They were con­signed to IT Mal­ingco Trad­ing, and ar­rived on May 15, 2017 at the Port of Manila from the United States of Amer­ica.

Lawyer Eras­tus Aus­tria, POM dis­trict col­lec­tor, ruled that the for­feited items were “un­fit for hu­man con­sump­tion, have no com­mer­cial value, or the re­lease thereof is con­trary to law,” thus he or­dered the con­dem­na­tion of the ar­ti­cles by way of com­post­ing, ren­der­ing and pour­ing.

At the same time, the BoCPort of Su­bic also de­stroyed P1.5 mil­lion worth of pro­hib­ited used cloth­ing or ukayukay, used tires, and other aban­doned goods at the fa­cil­i­ties of Epy Eco Auc­tion and Waste Dis­posal Ser­vices, the ac­cred­ited ser­vice provider of the Port of Su­bic for the con­dem­na­tion of con­tra­bands and aban­doned goods, in Guigu­into, Bu­la­can.

Su­bic Dis­trict Col­lec­tor lawyer Ma. Rhea Gre­go­rio said the pro­hib­ited ukay-ukay and used tires as well as the as­sorted mer­chan­dise were aban­doned by the con­signees and have been con­se­quently for­feited in fa­vor of the gov­ern­ment.

She said that while the com­mer­cial pro­lif­er­a­tion of ukayukay and used tires is pop­u­lar, the law pro­hibits their im­por­ta­tion as pro­vided by Repub­lic Act 4653 (RA 4653).

On the oth­er­hand, Let­ter of In­struc­tion 1086, s. 1980 pro­hibits the im­por­ta­tion of used tires.

Gre­go­rio was joined by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Com­mis­sion on Au­dit and the lo­cal gov­ern­ment of Sta. Rita, Guigu­into, Bu­la­can.

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