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BOC examines the sugar storage facilities in Caloocan, Bulacan

On orders from Executive Secretary Victor Rodriguez, Bureau of Customs (BOC) agents recently performed a number of inspections at several sugar warehouses in Caloocan City and Marilao, Bulacan.

The Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS), Enforcement and Security Service (ESS), and members of military intelligence were in charge of the inspections, which were carried out on August 19 and 20 as a result of a Letter of Authority issued by Customs Commissioner Yogi Felimon Ruiz, according to a statement released by the BOC on Monday. During these inspections, thousands of sacks of sugar were discovered.

The employees of the warehouses were requested by the authorities to provide the required paperwork.

In contrast, the BOC will report any potential violations to the Department of Trade and Industry and the Sugar Regulatory Administration.

A cargo of sugar was stopped by the BOC last week at the Subic Port due to “derogatory information” implying that there may be “irregularities.”

“We would never permit such a thing to occur. I accepted this position fully understanding the challenging task of protecting the nation’s borders from illegal smugglers. We would always give our tasks our complete attention, added Ruiz.

This occurred when information concerning allegedly reused import permits for a fresh supply of sugar into the nation was reported to BOC officials in the midst of the commodity’s sky-high market pricing.

The sugar shipment from Thailand, according to CIIS director Jeoffrey Tacio, had a validated clearance from the Sugar Regulatory Administration and was covered by a “Special Permit to Discharge (SPD) and Verified Single Administrative Document (SAD)” from the agency (SRA).

Due to the negative information that BOC had been provided with, the aforementioned shipment’s discharge was postponed from its scheduled release at 11 a.m. on August 18 to the present.

The agency is currently looking into a number of storage facilities, including the two in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, that advertised the presence of “locally produced” sugar.

A previous version of Sugar Order No. 4, which would have allowed the importation of 300,000 metric tons of sugar into the nation, was rejected by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who also serves as Agriculture Secretary and as the chairman of the SRA board.

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