MANILA — As the Bureau of Customs (BOC) enforces its mandate of securing the country’s national borders and protecting government revenue, the BOC-Port of Manila (POM), through the Port’s Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS), confiscated illegally imported fresh vegetables from China and other commodities in an operation conducted in two different warehouses on Wednesday, 13 October 2021.
Armed with Letters of Authority (LOA) issued by BOC Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero, members of POM-CIIS, Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Enforcement and Security Service (ESS), and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) conducted two inspections at warehouses located in 920 Asuncion St. Tondo, Manila and in Vifel Storage, North Bay Boulevard, Navotas, Metro Manila.
The inspection at Tondo, Manila led to the discovery of allegedly misdeclared, misclassified, and undervalued imported commodities which include yellow onions, gingers, red onions, tapioca, flour, sugar, stanchion, cosmetics, and cigarettes (Marlboro, Winston, Mighty, and Winnsboro).
All the goods have an estimated value of Php 35 million the BOC said.
Likewise, the warehouse located in Navotas, Metro Manila, consisting of two storage facilities with a total of 31 cold storage rooms, was also inspected. More imported commodities, believed to be illegally smuggled, were also found like beef heads, chicken legs, chicken livers as well as various fruit products, local products from San Miguel Corporation, and expired meat and fish products subject of hold orders from the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) and the Business Permit and Licensing Office (BPLO).
Alias Lei Tsai and his cohorts are purportedly responsible for these unlawful commercial importations which are yet to be verified upon submission of proper import documentations.
Further investigation is underway for possible violation of RA10863, also known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).
The Bureau of Customs ensures that it will remain rigorous in implementing Customs laws under the leadership of BOC Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero.
(Kiara Lauren Ibanez/BENJAMIN CUARESMA/ai/mtvn)