- P10-million smuggled sugar from China were seized by the Bureau of Customs
- The BOC uncovered the containers at the Port of Manila on Monday, August 22
- The containers arrived at the port on August 11 and was declared to have ‘Steel Tube Scaffolding’
Some P10 million worth of smuggled sugar from China were seized by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) at the Port of Manila (POM) on Monday, August 22.
“Nine containers of smuggled white sugar were seized by the Bureau of Customs Intelligence Group (BOC–IG) at the Port of Manila after an inspection on Monday, 22 August. The confiscated goods, found in nine forty footer (9×40”) containers, have an estimated value of P10 million that is yet to be fully paid by the consignee Lucky Sapphire Trading,” the BOC said in a statement.
On August 11, the containers arrived at the POM from China and was declared to have “Steel Tube Scaffolding”. However, it was filed and paid entry at the “Foodstuff and Beverage” section.
“Following the questionable filing procedure and a prior intelligence report, BOC–IG issued an alert order on the said shipment. The Office of the Commissioner also issued a special stop on the release of the cargoes, which was already cleared for release after payment has been reported,” the bureau noted.
The BOC also found out that the shipment from China actually contains refined sugar from Malaysia.
“Apart from misdeclaration, the consignee was also found to have paid only five hundred thirty five thousand three hundred thirty pesos (P535,330) for the said shipment, far from the estimated value of the confiscated goods,” the statement added.
BOC Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon once again vowed to stop the illegal entry of goods in the country under his leadership.