MANILA – The Port of Cebu has intercepted another two containers filled with smuggled cigarettes with an estimated market value of P88.1 million.
The smuggled cigarettes from China arrived at the Port on August 08 and 13, 2020 transported in separate shipments declared to contain umbrella and various home furniture.
Based on the Inward Foreign Manifest, the shipments were consigned to GRR Trading—the same importer whose recent shipments of misdeclared articles were previously seized by the Port after being found to contain master cases of cigarettes.
A coordinated profiling analysis conducted by Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS), Enforcement and Security Service (ESS) and X-Ray Inspection Project
The XIP identified the containers for issuance of Pre-Lodgement Control Orders (PLCOs) even as Acting District Collector Atty. Charlito Martin R. Mendoza immediately issued PLCOs against the shipments on 28 August 2020.
The first container yielded 851 master cases of “Mighty” cigarettes while 911 master cases of “Mighty,” “Fort,” and “Marvel” cigarettes were found inside the second container estimated to have a total market value of P88.1 million.
Kiara Lauren Ibanez / BENJAMIN CUARESMA