P5M Worth of Smuggled “Ukay-ukay” Clothes Destroyed by Customs

Customs Destroyed P5M Worth of “Ukay-ukay” Clothes Claimed as Smuggled

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) personnel has destroyed P5 million worth of ready-to-wear (RTW) clothes or “ukay-ukay” allegedly smuggled.

In the first quarter of 2021, P4.8 million worth of “ukay-ukay” were confiscated by the Port of Davao and subjected to destruction. This is part of the BOC’s campaign to guarantee that unlawful contraband does not reach local markets, according to the BOC.

Smuggled Ukay-ukay

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The destruction of the said “used clothing” was carried out in accordance with Republic Act (RA) No. 4653, which stated that “it is a national policy to prohibit the commercial importation of textile articles commonly known as used clothing and rags in order to safeguard the health of the people and maintain the dignity of the nation.”

Aside from the smuggled used clothing, the BOC-Port of Davao’s Collection District 12 recovered P5.716 million in illegal cigarettes, P447,614 in medicines and cosmetics, P547,788.95 in electronics, and P77,568.83 in general items in the first quarter of the year.

“It can be dangerous if it reaches the market and to the consumers because this may potentially pose a health threat. It is our duty and responsibility to ensure that this will not happen, ” said Atty. Erastus Sandino B. Austria, district collector of BOC-Davao.

“Some items with commercial value can be put in public auction to raise revenue for the government, except for items whose importation is prohibited,” he added.

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