NAIA Customs seizes US $12,000 cash concealed in cellphone box

Image from Bureau of Customs NAIA Facebook page
  • Around US $12,000 in cash were confiscated by the BOC at NAIA
  • The money was wrapped in an aluminum foil and concealed in a cellphone box
  • The package came from Arkansas, USA shipped via FedEx

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) has intercepted around US $12,000 (or roughly PHP 613,000) hidden in a package of a cellphone box on Tuesday, July 31.

Image from Bureau of Customs NAIA Facebook page

Alert Customs officers at NAIA reportedly seized the money which was neatly wrapped in an aluminum foil in an apparent attempt to avoid detection at the inspection area.

The package was shipped from Arkansas, USA through FedEx to a consignee in Pasay City which the Customs did not identify pending investigation.

Image from Bureau of Customs NAIA Facebook page

BOC official Carmelita Talusan told ABS-CBN News that the undeclared dollar bills, which is more than half-a-million in Philippine money, have been confiscated by the BOC for violating the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.

The case is now being referred to the BOC Legal Services which will determine probable cause in preparation of filing criminal charges against the consignee and the license customs broker involved.

Image from Bureau of Customs NAIA Facebook page

The BOC, in a statement on its Facebook page, likewise advised the public “to refrain from similar fraudulent schemes as the BSP Manual of Foreign Exchange Transaction requires the faithful declaration and accomplishment of Foreign Currency Declaration Forms for importation and exportation of foreign currency in excess of USD10,000 or its equivalent.”