BOC seizes cigarettes, other misdeclared goods worth P36.5M at MICP, Tondo

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  • BOC uncovered at least seven containers from China at the Manila International Container Port (MICP) in Tondo which contained misdeclared goods worth P36.5 million
  • All consignees and their signing customs brokers would have their accreditations revoked
  • The companies involved will also be penalized for violating the Food and Drug Administration Act, Intellectual Property Rights, and the Anti-Agricultural Smuggling Act

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) said on Thursday that they uncovered at least seven containers from China at the Manila International Container Port (MICP) in Tondo which contained misdeclared goods worth around P36.5 million.

BOC said in a statement, that they found the containers which were declared to contain fresh apples, non-woven interlining and woven interlining, industrial fur and household wares.

“However, the actual contents found by the Customs authorities are very different from what was declared,” said BOC Commissioner Isidro Lapeña.

“They found inside are 947 cartons of more cigarettes and 53 cartons of Marvels cigarettes, 950 boxes of Mighty cigarettes, boxes of apples mixed with onion, apples mixed with boxes of fresh carrots, and bales of ukay-ukay mixed with food without Food and Drug Administration (FDA) permit,” he added.

The items were consigned to Marid Industrial Marketing, Trixcean Trading, Khalevskies Enterprises, Ashton & Ilyze Trading, and Yohann Rein Trading.

The BOC said that all consignees and their signing customs brokers would have their accreditations revoked.

“We will be filing cases against the consignees and brokers for violating Section 1400 (Misdeclaration, Misclassification, Undervaluation in Goods Declaration) in relation to Section 1113 (Property Subject to Seizure and Forfeiture) of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act,” said Lapeña.

Aside from their accreditations being revoked, the companies involved will also be penalized for violating the Food and Drug Administration Act, Intellectual Property Rights, and the Anti-Agricultural Smuggling Act.

“I am telling and warning you. I will not stop issuing alert orders and conduct immediate inspection of alerted shipments,” said Lapeña.

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