Cus­toms de­stroys seized, for­feited 7 cig­a­rette-mak­ing ma­chines

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CITY OF SAN FER­NANDO— Seven cig­a­rette-mak­ing ma­chines un­der the cus­tody of the Bureau of Cus­toms (BOC) were con­demned yes­ter­day to serve as warn­ing to smug­glers and man­u­fac­tur­ers of fake cig­a­rettes, as part of the ac­tiv­i­ties in the cel­e­bra­tion of BOC’s 117th found­ing an­niver­sary.

The im­ported cig­a­rette-mak­ing ma­chines with­out proof of pay­ment of du­ties and taxes were seized on dif­fer­ent oc­ca­sions in Novem­ber and De­cem­ber 2018 by the ele­ments of BOC–En­force­ment and Se­cu­rity Ser­vice (ESS) from var­i­ous ware­houses lo­cated in Bu­la­can, Nueva Viz­caya, and Que­zon City.

Pur­suant to the pro­vi­sion of Section 224 of the Cus­toms Mod­ern­iza­tion and Tar­iff Act (CMTA), the own­ers of the ma­chines were given 15 days to pro­duce ev­i­dence of pay­ment of du­ties and taxes. How­ever, the owner failed to pro­duce such doc­u­ments.

War­rants of Seizure and De­ten­tion (WSDs) were is­sued against the said ma­chines pur­suant to Section 1400 and Section 1113 of the CMTA.

The items were de­clared for­feited in fa­vor of the govern­ment af­ter the own­ers failed to pro­duce the re­quired doc­u­ments.— BOC-PIAD

— BOC Photo

DE­STROYED. Cus­toms of­fi­cials de­stroyed and con­demned cig­a­rette-mak­ing ma­chines yes­ter­day to serve as warn­ing to smug­glers and man­u­fac­tur­ers of fake cig­a­rettes, as part of the ac­tiv­i­ties in the cel­e­bra­tion of BOC’s 117th found­ing an­niver­sary.

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