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Frozen foods worth P132-M was found in Manila port by BOC.

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Following complaints about false declarations in these shipments from China, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) discovered contraband frozen goods worth more than PHP130 million in three containers that just arrived at the Manila International Container Port (MICP).

Customs Commissioner Yogi Filemon Ruiz stated in a statement that based on the information provided to the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service-MICP, the containers committed to Victory JM Enterprise OPC underwent a full physical examination on Monday (CIIS-MICP).

The frozen items in the containers are estimated to be worth PHP131,902,500 in total.

As soon as the necessary paperwork is completed, we will charge the consignees with the required crimes. We must prosecute these groups to the fullest extent of the law. Because they think their strategy will always be effective, they have been making fun of our laws and the agency itself, he claimed.

The imports were labeled as frozen prawn balls by the consignees, but upon inspection, customs officers discovered frozen pork, garlic short rib, and smoked duck breast inside the containers.

Pre-Loadgement Control Orders (PLCOs) were first requested for these shipments by the CIIS-MICP on December 7 due to a possible violation of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).

Maj. Gen. Juvymax Uy, a former general and deputy commissioner of customs, claimed that effective cooperation between the various departments was key to the latest operation’s success.

“This shows the reliability of the intelligence we receive from our sources and the promptness with which we move to ultimately imprison these individuals. We constantly have a significant challenge as an agency that fights against syndicates, smugglers, and several other criminal organizations, but I’m also certain that our staff can manage it, he said.

Charges will be brought against Victory JM Enterprise OPC for allegedly violating Section 1400 of the CMTA (misdeclaration in goods declaration) in connection with Section 1113 (property liable to seizure and forfeiture).

The examiners suggested that a Warrant of Seizure and Detention (WSD) be issued for the shipment as well.

However, CIIS Director Jeoffrey Tacio commended everyone involved in the operation, including contributions from the Department of Agriculture, for what he called their “invaluable contribution” (DA).

The DA and BOC are working together to catch agricultural smugglers. In collaboration with BOC, it recently intercepted suspected shipments in the Port of Subic.

“This was fought for. We compare every successful action to threading a needle. For everything to come together, we must collaborate perfectly. The ultimate purpose of any operation is to seize these illicit goods and detain the criminals, he said.

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