- Smuggled cigarettes amounting to P18.5 million were seized by the Bureau of Customs (BOC)
- BOC Commissioner Isidro S. Lapeña said the shipment was declared as 890 cartons of industrial artificial fur texture
- Upon examination, it was discovered that it contains 914 cartons of cigarettes
Smuggled cigarettes amounting to P18.5 million were seized by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) at the Manila International Container Port.
BOC Commissioner Isidro S. Lapeña said the shipment was declared as industrial artificial fur texture but was found to be cigarettes upon inspection.
“The shipment consigned to Marid Industrial Marketing located at 2090 Batangas Line, Paco, Manila was declared as 890 cartons of industrial artificial fur texture but upon examination it was discovered to contain 914 cartons of cigarette brands Jackpot, Fortune, John, Marvels, and U2,” disclosed Lapeña.
According to the bureau, the shipment was processed by customs broker Carme Ann S. Rollon with office address at Cluster 3, Unit 3-1 Numancia Residences, Urbiztondo St., San Nicolas, Manila. It arrived from China on April 4 and was filed under Import Entry Number C-88031 on April 5.
On April 10, agents from X-ray Inspection Project (XIP) found irregularities on the x-ray image; prompting recommendation to alert the shipment.
The shipment will undergo seizure and forfeiture proceedings for violation of Section 1400 ( Misdeclaration, Misclassification, and Undervaluation in Goods Declaration) of Republic Act No. 10863, otherwise known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).
Lapena said the accreditation of the importer and customs broker will be revoked or suspended accordingly.