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BOC intercepts P228-M of sugar smuggled from Thailand.

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On Monday, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) filed two warrants of seizure and detention (WSD) against a consignment of refined sugar from Thailand estimated to be worth PHP228 million.

According to a statement from the bureau, the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service-Manila International Container Port (CIIS-MICP) rejected the request to amend the manifest and change the consignee’s name. The bureau said the consignee was not named because the case is still being investigated.

Additionally, a WSD was advised to be issued against the shipment “due to lack of the necessary Clearance for Release of Imported Sugar being provided by the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) in contravention of Sections 117 and 1113 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).”

After a request for issuing an alert order was received at the District Collector’s Office on October 4, according to CIIS-MICP chief Alvin Enciso, the consignee attempted to change its name on October 10.

Meanwhile, on Monday, Commissioner Yogi Filemon Ruiz examined the 76 containers of sugar that had been sent to the MICP on September 24.

“These smugglers use a lot of hocus pocus to get away with their crimes. We’re not simply on the hunt for smugglers and hoarders. We are here to prevent any action that could endanger local production, market prices, and these effects on our workers and customers, the man continued.

The BOC chairman continued by saying that they would be disposed of legally after the shipments were forfeited.

In an interview, Ruiz remarked, “If they were to reach the local market, its big consequence would be to flood the market with contraband sugar; the most that would be harmed are our local suppliers.”

On the other hand, Jeoffrey Tacio, the director of CIIS and concurrent officer-in-charge of the Intelligence Group (IG), claimed that intelligence assessments indicated that the shipments contained “misdeclared and undeclared” commodities.

Due to this, an Alert Order request was made on October 4.

Initial details about the status of the shipment were available. What’s nice is that when we all got this information from senior authorities, we moved quickly,” he continued.


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