By Junex Doronio
LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu — In line with the Bureau of Customs’ continuing efforts to secure the country’s borders against the entry of prohibited goods, the BOC Port of Cebu seized 288 bales of used clothing or “Ukay-Ukay” from South Korea with an estimated street value of P2.3 million.
Port of Cebu District Collector Charlito Martin R. Mendoza said acting upon a piece of reliable intelligence information, the Port’s Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) requested the issuance of a Pre-Lodgement Control Order (PLCO) against the shipment for suspicion that it contains “ukay-ukay”—a prohibited item.
Mendoza said a 100% physical examination immediately followed after his issuance of the PLCO.
The examination was conducted by the assigned Customs Examiner with the representatives from the CIIS, Enforcement and Security Service (ESS), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and Chamber of Customs Brokers, Inc.(CCBI)-Cebu Chapter present.
After confirmation that the shipment indeed contains “ukay-ukay”, the Port of Cebu district collector immediately issued on September 7 a Warrant of Seizure and Detention (WSD) against the shipment based on Section 1113 (F) in relation to Section 118 (G) of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act, and Republic Act No. 4653.
It can be recalled that last July, the Port also seized a shipment of “ukay-ukay” from Thailand worth P4.5 Million.
Mendoza said the shipment will undergo forfeiture proceedings and will be disposed of in accordance with existing customs rules and regulations. (ai/mtvn)