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BOC Seized P38M Worth of Smuggled Cigarettes in Manila Port

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) operatives seized P38 million worth of cigarettes allegedly smuggled in the Manila International Container Port.

The BOC-MICP recently captured a large shipment of illegal cigarettes worth over P38 million. MICP District Collector Romeo Allan R. Rosales issued a pre-lodgement control order for the shipment, which was consigned to Green Nature Alliance Ventures.

Manila Port Smuggled Cigarettes

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A thorough physical examination of the shipment revealed 1,090 master cases of several cigarette brands, including Marvel, Mighty, and Astro. The products were believed to be worth P38.1 million.

On June 11, officers from the Formal Entry Division (FED), Enforcement and Security Service (ESS), and Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) conducted an examination that resulted in the contraband being confiscated.

A warrant of seizure and detention (WSD) has been issued against the shipment for violating Section 1400 of Republic Act (RA) No. 10863, generally known as the Customs Modernization and Tarrif Act (CMTA), as well as NTA rules and regulations.

The MICP stated that it is devoted to BOC Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero’s anti-smuggling efforts. With the BOC’s enhanced intelligence and enforcement activities, the Port will stay at the forefront of border security in the country, according to the BOC.

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