January 25, 2017 – Intelligence agents of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) stumbled upon a cache of smuggled boxes of imported sex vibrators and other sex enhancement products as these were being unloaded from a container parked in Quiapo, Manila last month.
The cargo, with an estimated value of P15 million, included karaoke amplifiers, bales of rice, electronic products and other merchandise from China.
Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon said agents of the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) were conducting a routinary inspection in the area when they spotted men unloading a cargo from a container on Padilla Street.
The shipment was misdeclared as “polybags” and consigned to Elsprocon Trading with business address in Binondo, Manila. The importer failed to show an import permit from the Food and Drugs Administration.
The other seized cargo likewise lacked the necessary import documents and was also grossly misdeclared. According to CIIS Intelligence Officer Joel Pinawin, the importer only paid the undervalued amount of P72,702.03 in duties and taxes.
The BOC-CIIS team, which was supported by agents of the National Bureau of Investigation, coordinated its efforts with the barangay and Manila city government officials as well as the Philippine National Police.#