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BOC discovers P90-M’s smuggled smoke and sugar in 5 container vans.

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In the Manila International Container Port, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) seized cigarettes and sugar worth PHP90 million (MICP).

Commissioner of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) Bienvenido Rubio oversaw the physical inspection of five shipments at the MICP that contained contraband cigarettes and sugar valued at PHP90 million.

The inspection carried out on February 17 was the first one under the direction of newly appointed Customs chief Commissioner Bienvenido Rubio, according to a statement released by the BOC on Saturday.

The BOC claimed that the illicit goods in the containers, which arrived between January 5, 2023, and February 12, 2023, were assessed to be worth PHP90,442,850.

As a result of receiving negative information regarding the shipments—three of which originated in Hong Kong and two of which originated in China—the Customs Intelligence and Investigative Service-MICP recommended the issuing of alert orders (AOs).

BOC Intelligence Group Deputy Commissioner Juvymax Uy and Manila International Container Port District Collector Arnoldo Famor were also present during the inspection.

In an increased attempt to stop the importation of illegal items, Uy claimed that the agency has been “actively monitoring” information regarding shipments that may include smuggled goods.

“We must emphasize that bringing goods into the Philippines without the necessary permissions is prohibited. These dishonest organizations need to be aware by now of the severity of our never-ending campaign against their unlawful behavior, he said.

He stated that in accordance with Republic Act 10863, the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA), Republic Act 10845, the Anti-Agricultural Smuggling Act of 2016, Sugar Regulatory Administration rules and regulations, and National Tabacco Administration rules and regulations, corresponding seizure and forfeiture proceedings will be carried out against the subject shipments.

Additionally, the case files will be sent right away to the Bureau’s Action Team Against Smugglers for case development and the filing of pertinent criminal cases against those accountable for the illegal importation of agricultural and tobacco products in violation of Section 1401 (Unlawful Importation) of the CMTA and the Anti-Agricultural Smuggling Act of 2016.

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