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P3.4M misdeclared items seized at Port of Manila

BOC assistant commissioner Atty. Vincent Philip Maronilla (left) and BOC-Port of Manila district collector Michael Angelo Vargas inspecting the seized shipments on July 29 | Photo from the BOC.

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has seized P3.4 million worth of misdeclared carrots, cigarettes, ukay-ukay or used clothing, and other products that arrived at the Port of Manila from China.

The goods arrived in two containers on June 23 and 27 and were consigned to Real Mart and Bayford Marketing, BOC said in a statement. On July 10, BOC-Port of Manila’s Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service received derogatory information that Real Mart’s shipment contained undeclared agricultural products.

Based on initial reports, Real Mart declared its shipment as frozen chimei pastry bun but, after 100% physical examination, was discovered to be carrots estimated at P1.4 million.

The other container consigned to Bayford Marketing was declared as knap sack bags, tissues, wearing apparel, auto parts and hand tools that were in fact imported cigarettes, portable welding machines, resin, ukay-ukay, and other commodities worth roughly P2 million.

BOC-Port of Manila district collector Michael Angelo Vargas immediately issued alert orders for said shipments.

The shipments were issued warrants of seizure and detention for violation of Section 1400 (Misdeclaration, Misclassification and Undervaluation in Goods Declaration) in relation to Section 1113 (Property Subject Seizure and Forfeiture) of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.

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