Bureau of Customs
MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) seized seven container vans of misdeclared and undeclared goods at the Manila International Container Port on Tuesday (July 10).
Two of the vans contained branded beauty and cosmetics products from South Korea declared under the company Skadi Trading.
Meanwhile, the other five container vans were loaded with various items such as several pairs of shoes, clothes, wrist watches, industrial air conditioning units and other chemicals shipped from China.
The consignee of the five other vans was Hepomlan Trading which also lacked proper permits such as import and sanitary permits as well as phytosanitary import clearance.
The shipment also lacked proper documents such as certification of registration from the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA).
The overall value of the smuggled goods reached around P66.4M pesos.
“There will be forfeiture proceedings and allowed na number of days diyan is 30 days. That is at the district level. After the forfeiture proceedings and it will go to the office of the Commissioner that will also go through a legal review,” explained Commissioner Isidro Lapeña during the BOC’s presentation of the smuggled items to the members of the media on Thursday (July 12).
The agency said they will decide in the next 40 days if the items will be destroyed. As for the beauty products from South Korea, BOC eyes auction once the items are tested safe for public use. – JL Asayo / Marje Pelayo
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