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Smoked cigarettes represent a health risk, according to customs.

The public was advised not to purchase cigarettes that the Bureau of Customs (BOC)-Port of Zamboanga had destroyed and disposed of.

According to Mike Lanza, chief of BOC-Zamboanga’s Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service, the seized contraband cigarettes are sprayed with pesticides.

On Friday, BOC-Zamboanga took the lead in destroying a sanitary dump in Barangay Salaan.

The contraband smoke was delivered to the landfill in six visits each by each of four 10-wheeler dump trucks.

“Hundreds of people were waiting to salvage packs of cigarettes,” Lanza claimed. To prevent collisions, the dump truck operators had to stop.

According to Lanza, they requested police assistance to manage the crowd.

On Saturday, more destruction took place.

It will take three to five days to destroy 19,419 master cases and 667 reams of confiscated cigarettes, totaling roughly PHP1.4 billion, according to Arthur Sevilla, acting district collector for BOC-Port of Zamboanga.

The BOC discovered that some ambitious people pay the scavengers PHP5 to PHP10 for each carton of smoke they can find.

“They sell the cigarettes to community sundry stores at lower prices,” he continued.

According to Lanza, there may still be packs of smoke that managed to avoid becoming wet despite being continuously crushed by large machinery and soaked in water.

enhanced efficiency

The BOC, meanwhile, commended the World Bank Logistics Performance Index (LPI) report, which highlighted the nation’s notable progress in trade facilitation and customs performance.

According to the LPI, the Philippines climbed up 17 positions from 60th place in 2018 to 43rd this year, which rates 139 nations on their capacity to conduct reliable and quick cross-border trade.

Regarding customs performance, the Philippines improved from 85th place in 2018 to 59th place this year.

The survey, conducted from September 6 to November 5 of last year, interviewed logistics experts to determine how simple or challenging it is to trade manufactured goods with various nations.

According to Commissioner Bienvenido Rubio, the better position demonstrates the value of the Bureau’s trade facilitation initiative.

According to the most recent World Bank Logistics Performance Index data, the BOC is on the right track regarding trade efficiency, he claimed in a statement on Saturday.

“We will keep up these trade facilitation initiatives while putting new policies in place to improve the efficiency of Customs procedures. We shall keep computerizing our work, automating our systems and processes, and updating our procedures and workplaces. President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. guides us as we set our goals to accomplish our priority programs. Rubio included

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