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P8M ‘ukay-ukay’ shipment from China intercepted at Manila port

  • Two containers of misdeclared used clothing (ukay-ukay) from China worth about P7.9 million were seized at the Port of Manila
  • Containers declared to contain tissue but examination also revealed ukay-ukay 
  • Shipment has been seized and the importer’s accreditation is set to be revoked

Two containers of misdeclared used clothing (ukay-ukay) from China worth an estimated P7.853 million were seized by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) at the Port of Manila on December 29, 2020.

The containers, consigned to a certain MGGF International Trading Corp., entered the Philippines during the Christmas holidays and were declared to contain tissue. However, examination revealed that the containers actually also contained ukay-ukay.

Republic Act (RA) No. 4653 prohibits the importation of used clothing and rags in commercial quantity to safeguard the health of the people and maintain the dignity of the nation.

The shipment was seized for violation of Section 1400 (Misdeclaration) in relation to Section 1113 (Property Subject to Seizure and Forfeiture) of RA 10863, or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.

The revocation of the importer’s accreditation is also being processed.

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