The Bureau of Customs (BOC) stopped on Tuesday, 2 August, the release of 59 containers at the Manila International Container Port (MICP) after they are found to have misdeclared goods.
The bureau ordered a “special stop” on the release of the cargoes, which arrived at the MICP on 25 July to be delivered to MARID Industrial Marketing. The shipment came from China.
The cargoes were initially declared to contain “householdwares.” But after an inspection on Tuesday led by Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon, they were found to have cosmetics and apparel.
Under the Regulated Imports List, importers of cosmetics must first secure clearance and permit from the Philippine Food and Drug Authority (FDA).
The cargoes were also found to bear falsified Form E (ASEAN-China Free Trade Agreement form).
The BOC Chief has ordered the investigation of the consignee’s permit to import cosmetic products under Section II7 (Regulated Importation ad Exportation), and for possible violation of Sections 1400 (Misdeclaration, Misclassification, Undervaluation in Goods Declaration) and 1401 (Unlawful Importation or Exportation) of Republic Act No. 10863 or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act of 2016.
Misdeclaration of goods causes negative effects to revenue collection, with consignees deliberately evading proper payment of duties and taxes by declaring lower values for their shipments.
Also, it poses danger to the public, as goods might skip the necessary quality and safety inspection procedures.