A SHIPMENT of cigarettes from China estimated to be worth P30 million was confiscated by the Bureau of Customs in Region 10 (BOC-10) at the Tagoloan port in Misamis Oriental Monday.
Oliver Valiente, Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service field station chief, said they were informed beforehand that a suspicious shipment was set to arrive in a port under the BOC-10 jurisdiction.
Valiente said the seized items were wrongfully declared as personal effects.
He said they “received derogatory information from national intelligence agencies about the said shipment,” prompting them to request John Simon, the BOC-10 district collector, to issue an alert order.
He said the shipment arrived at the Mindanao Container Terminal sub-port in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental on May 20.
The next day, officials from the BOC-10’s X-ray field office, Enforcement Security Services, and the Philippine Coast Guard conducted a partial examination and discovered the imported cigarettes together with some footwear items placed inside a container van.
“The shipment was consigned to a certain Lorna Oftana from General Santos City and she is now under investigation for allegedly violating [Republic Act] 10863 otherwise known as Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA). Also, a Warrant of Seizure and Detention was issued against the shipment,” Simon said.
Last year, BOC seized an estimated some P110 million worth of smuggled cigarettes. (PNA)
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