BOC Seized P60 Million Worth Of Smuggled Cigarettes At Manila Port
BOC – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) seized 2,000 master cases of smuggled cigarettes worth P60 million, it said on Tuesday, March 2.
The operation was conducted at February 26, which resulted in the confiscation of the million-peso contraband, according to a report from Manila Bulletin.
This was conducted by the Manila International Container Port’s (MICP) Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS).
The said shipments came from China and were consigned to the Green Nature Alliance Ventures Corp. and Atlantic Globe Movers Inc.
Green Nature initially declared theirs to contain 1,134 cartons of Zhong Su brand pe stretch film. Atlantic Globe, on the other hand, declared theirs as 74 packages of lowering device packing equipment.
Upon examination of said shipments, they were discovered to contain 2,000 master cases of cigarette brands Fortune, Mighty, and Marvel. They were estimated to have a market value of P60 million/
A warrant of seizure and detention (WSD) has been issued against the shipment. Further probe is also undergoing against the two consignees.
They will be possibly charged for violating Section 117 in relation to Section 1113 of Republic Act (RA) No. 10863, also known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA); and of other relative National Tobacco Administration (NTA) and Bureau of Internal revenue (BIR) rules and regulations, based on the report.
“MICP remains steadfast in its anti-smuggling and border protection efforts under the leadership of BOC Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero,”
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