Cus­toms seizes more than P3-M worth of smug­gled goods from China

Sun.Star Pampanga - - NATION! -

OF CUS­TOMS (BOC) Com­mis­sioner Isidro Lapeña led the in­spec­tion of sev­eral con­tain­ers loaded with agri­cul­tural parts, au­to­mo­tive parts, used cloth­ing, and fake Nike shoes from China es­ti­mated to be worth more than P3 mil­lion at the Manila In­ter­na­tional Con­tainer Port (MICP) on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 10.

MICP District Col­lec­tor Ruby Alameda re­ported eleven ship­ments were found to con­tain mis­de­clared items: four of which are pro­cessed by cus­toms bro­ker Toni Rose L. Amoyen with of­fice ad­dress at 2006 Del Car­men St. Guadalupe Nuevo, Makati City and were con­signed to Gan­dar Im­port and Ex­port Trad­ing with of­fice ad­dress at Duhat St. Sto. Domingo Vil­lage, P2 Don A Pi­lar Sasa, Davao City and JJTSIn­ter­na­tional Trad­ing with of­fice ad­dress at Breb II Bldg. Unit 202, M. H Del Pi­lar St . San­tolan, Mal­abon City and the re­main­ing ship­ments by cus­toms bro­ker Mary Faith Du­ran Miro with ad­dress at Roo­sevelt St. Tulic, Ar­gao and were all con­signed to Malaya Mul­ti­Pur­pose Co­op­er­a­tive lo­cated at Ma­paniqui, Cand­aba, Pam­panga.

BOC Com­mis­sioner Lapeña said the ship­ments were seized after cus­toms ex­am­in­ers found ir­reg­u­lar­ity in the de­clared weight.

"The con­tainer weighs more than the de­clared weight in the en­try dec­la­ra­tion that's why it was phys­i­cally ex­am­ined, it was through pro­fil­ing that we were able to in­ter­cept the goods," Lapeña said.

The ship­ments con­signed to Gan­dar Im­port and Ex­port Trad­ing were all de­clared as fab­rics but were found to con­tain used cloth­ing, fake Nike shoes, auto parts, roll of fab­rics, as well as rice.

Also, the ship­ment de­clared as fab­rics, ap­par­els, and LED lamps con­signed to JJTS In­ter­na­tional Trad­ing was loaded with mis­de­clared onions and fab­rics.

While Malaya Mul­ti­Pur­pose Co­op­er­a­tive de­clared the im­ported goods as fresh ap­ples, pears, and frozen pork cheek meat, the phys­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion con­ducted by the ex­am­in­ers re­vealed fresh ap­ples mixed with white onions, ap­ples mixed with car­rots, and pears mixed with white onions.

Dur­ing the in­spec­tion, Cus­toms Com­mis­sioner Lapeña said all ship­ments will un­dergo seizure and for­fei­ture pro­ceed­ings after vi­o­lat­ing Sec­tion 1400 of the Cus­toms Mod­ern­iza­tion and Tar­iff Act, Anti-Agri­cul­tural Smug­gling Act of 2016, and In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty Law.

"The fake Nike shoes will be turned over to the In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty Rights Di­vi­sion for proper dis­posal while the onions, pears, car­rots, and used cloth­ing will be de­stroyed," the cus­toms chief said.

After the for­fei­ture pro­ceed­ings, the rice, general mer­chan­dise, fab­rics and the auto parts will be sub­ject for auc­tion to in­dem­nify the gov­ern­ment of the du­ties and taxes due on the ship­ment, he added.

The con­signees and their cus­toms bro­kers are also un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion for smug­gling-re­lated cases.

Lapeña noted, the ram­pant smug­gling of agri­cul­tural prod­ucts and smug­gled coun­ter­feit goods have an "ad­verse ef­fect on the lo­cal farm­ers and le­git­i­mate brand own­ers in the coun­try."

"This should dis­cour­age busi­ness­men and traders who are into il­licit trade. BOC will de­tect these ship­ments and catch up with them," he added. ( BOC-PI AD)

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