- The Bureau of Customs put on hold the release of 59 containers of misdeclared goods from China
- The BOC ordered a “special stop” on the release of the cargoes which arrived at the Manila International Container Port
- The cargoes were initially declared to contain “householdwares” but were found to have cosmetics and apparel
The release of some 59 containers from China was put on hold by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) after they were found to have misdeclared goods upon arrival at the Manila International Container Port (MICP).
The bureau ordered a “special stop” on the release of the cargoes, which arrived at the MICP on July 25 to be delivered to MARID Industrial Marketing. The shipment came from China.
“The cargoes were initially declared to contain ‘householdwares.’ But after an inspection on Tuesday led by Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon, they were found to have cosmetics and apparel. Under the Regulated Imports List, importers of cosmetics must first secure clearance and permit from the Philippine Food and Drug Authority (FDA). The cargoes were also found to bear falsified Form E (ASEAN-China Free Trade Agreement form),” the BOC said in a statement.
With this, the BOC Chief ordered the investigation of the consignee’s permit to import cosmetic products under Section II7 (Regulated Importation ad Exportation); and for possible violation of Sections 1400 (Misdeclaration, Misclassification, Undervaluation in Goods Declaration) and 1401 (Unlawful Importation or Exportation) of Republic Act No. 10863 or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act of 2016.
“Misdeclaration of goods causes negative effects to revenue collection, with consignees deliberately evading proper payment of duties and taxes by declaring lower values for their shipments,” the BOC noted.
Furthermore, the bureau noted that misdeclaration also poses danger to the public, as goods might skip the necessary quality and safety inspection procedures.