Port of Manila

Philippines Customs seizes P53M of smuggled agri-goods

The Bureau of Customs in the Port of Manila has seized 16 container vans full of wrongfully declared agricultural products. These are valued at P53 million (€925,000), the bureau said Wednesday. The goods arrived at the port on August 8 from China.

Processed by Customs Broker Johnna Philipian Cristobal Aceveda, the shipments were consigned to Shinerise Trading Service, which in turn declared the whole shipment as fish products, with total declared duties and taxes of P2,542,882. Customs examiners inspected the shipment and found an estimated P20.08 million of carrots, P20.08 million of onions, P10.04 million of broccoli, and P2.51 million of potatoes.

On August 14, an alert was issued by the bureau that the goods were in violation of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA), specifically Section 1400 or the “Misdeclaration, Misclassification and Undervaluation in Goods Declaration,” in relation to Section 1113 or “Property Subject to Seizure and Forfeiture.”

On September 4, the district collector issued a warrant of Seizure and Detention against the shipment in question. The consignee’s accreditation has been cancelled by the district collector while the Customs broker is now under investigation.

“It may be recalled that last August 19, the Bureau of Customs also seized P665,000 worth of smuggled rice in the Port of Zamboanga and P24 million worth of misdeclared shipments of carrots, onions and potatoes last August 8 at the Manila International Container Port,” the bureau told gmanetwork.com.

[ P100 = €1.75 ]


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