iPhones, drygoods in misdeclared P20M shipment at MICP uncovered

February 5, 2017 – A misdeclared shipment with P20-million worth of iPhone mobile phones and dry goods were uncovered again by agents of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) at the Manila International Container Port (MICP) on Sunday.

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Customs Commissioner Nicanor E. Faeldon reported that the cargo was consigned to Autum Way Enterprises with address at Room 4160D 4F Regina Building, Escoltra Street, Binondo, Manila. A certain Mario R. Botona, Jr., with address at No. 12 Fairlane Street, West Fairview, Quezon City, was the signing licensed customs broker.
Faeldon said the shipment was initially put on alert after lawyer Zsae Carrie de Guzman of the Intellectual Property Rights Division received derogatory reports for possible violation of Republic Act No. 8293 or the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines.
The shipment was placed under surveillance for a week until it arrived on January 12 from China on board vessel Elba Island V. 1700IS loaded in container van number DFSU7314434 under bill of lading 713610315074.
Faeldon said the shipment was put on hold through alert order number A/OCOM-COMCEN/20170113-033 on request by Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence Group lawyer Teddy Sandy S. Raval.
Upon examination, the IPRD Team has found more or less 400 pieces of iPhones surreptitiously hidden and concealed in sacks which were co-mingled with the declared goods.
Neil L. Estrella,  Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) Director and BOC spokesperson said that based on intelligence report,  the shipment was originally declared to contain wall clock M2423C color black shape round, furniture shoe rack model PYHF001 size 60, fabric model 1313 style twill density 60 x 6, shoes, Marlin shoes upper material.
“The flagrant attempts of crooked importers to smuggle high-value communication items through misdeclaration will definitely be checked by BOC, and both the importer and broker will end up facing sanctions without prejudice from possible criminal charges that we will file in courts,” Estrella said.
Section 1401 (e) of Republic Act 10863 or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act of 2016 penalizes  misdeclaration with imprisonment of not less than six years and one day but not more than twelve years, or a fine of not less than P1.5 million but not more than P50 million, or both, if the appraised value of the goods unlawfully imported exceeds P5 million but not more than P50 million.
On Tuesday , Commissioner Faeldon will lead the opening of the container van for actual viewing/presentation to media at 10 a.m. #

BOC seizes  rice stock in Taytay, Rizal

February 3, 2017- Some 8,000 bags of rice worth P20 million that could have been smuggled into the country were seized in a raid by agents of the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) yesterday.
Commissioner Nicanor E. Faeldon said the rice was found in a warehouse at Cresda Ville Subdivision in Taytay, Rizal.
 
Faeldon said the raid was in keeping with the BOC’s heightened efforts to stop all forms of agricultural smuggling as provided under Republic Act (RA) 10845, otherwise known as the Anti-Agricultural Smuggling Act of 2016,  as well as in compliance with the policy of Anti-Agricultural Smuggling Inter-Agency Task Force composed of BOC, National Food Authority, Department of Agriculture (DA), and Office of the Cabinet Secretary of the Office of the President.
 
He said the BOC would file charges of economic sabotage against violators as provided under RA 10845.
 
CIIS Director Neil L. Estrella said the warehouse owner was identified as Bernadette Ang of Barangay San Juan.
 
“We are currently tracing the origin of the seized rice since Ang has not presented import documents to justify its importation into the country,” Estrella said.
 
Estrella cited the success of the raid because of the full support of representatives of DA, agents of the National Bureau of Investigation, and barangay officials in the area.
 
The warehouse where the rice stocks are stored has been padlocked and is now under watch by agents of the BOC. # 
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