BOC-10 seizes imported cigarettes declared as used furniture

Officers from Customs Bureau-10, PDEA-10 and other agencies confiscated 8 million pesos of falsely declared cigarettes from China at the Mindanao Container Terminal Subport in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental, Thursday January 20. This is BOC-10’s second catch this year. (Photo courtesy of BOC-10)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY—Cigarettes from China that were wrongly declared as second-hand furniture were seized by Bureau of Customs-10 (BOC-10) at one of the ports in the region on Thursday, January 20 , the agency said on Friday. .

BOC-10 said the cargo, estimated at 8 million pesos, was intercepted at the Mindanao Container Terminal (MCT) subport in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental.

This is the agency’s second operation that has led to the confiscation of imported cigarettes for this year.

Oliver Valiente, head of the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) for Northern Mindanao, said he received reports earlier this month that contraband items were arriving at the MCT.

He said CIIS acted on the tip by asking Attorney Elvira Cruz, District Collector for BOC-10, to issue a pre-filing control order against the shipment for possible violation of Republic law. 10863 or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.

A pre-lodging control order means a written order issued by the Commissioner of Customs, the District Collector or other Customs officers authorized in writing by the Commissioner, prior to the lodging of the Goods declaration or when no declaration of goods is lodged, based on the grounds set out in Article Section 5.1 of Customs Administrative Order 07-2019.

Based on its manifest, the cargo, a container van, arrived in the country on January 14, 2022 from China and was shipped to UHE Trading.

During the physical examination performed by officers from the CIIS, Enforcement and Security Department, the K-9 unit of the Phil. Representatives of the Drug Enforcement Agency-10 and the Chamber of Customs Brokers Inc. found that the shipment contained cigarettes bearing the “YS” mark.

For her part, Cruz said she hopes “this will send a strong message to smugglers that the agency is serious about strengthening its border protection and will not tolerate unscrupulous individuals who will attempt to defraud the government of revenue. legitimate”.

The confiscation of imported tobacco products is the second operation conducted by the BOC-10 for this year.

On January 6, 2022, customs authorities also seized a van full of cigarettes imported from China.

According to BOC-10 spokesperson Cris Angelo Andrade, cigarettes bearing the “Titan” brand were valued at 8 million pesos and were also declared as second-hand furniture. He was entrusted to a certain Ceri Rey Viola.

“The two container vans, although dispatched on different dates, were incorrectly declared as second-hand furniture. We are grateful that through intelligence sharing from CIIS and other agencies here and abroad, Customs discovered this modus operandi leading to the confiscation of illegally imported goods,” Andrade said in a phone interview on Friday. afternoon.

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