BOC Seizes Misdeclared Shipment of Steel Bars and Sheets
The Bureau of Customs (BOC), through the Intelligence Group (IG) – Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) and the Port of Manila, seized on Tuesday, 29 October 2019 two (2) containers of misdeclared stainless angle bars from China.
According to BOC-IG Deputy Commissioner Raniel T. Ramiro, the said shipment declared as flat bar and steel sheets by its consignee, Liuzhiga International Trading, arrived at the Port of Manila (POM) on 19 October 2019.
“The IG-CIIS received a report on 22 October 2019 from a reliable source that a certain shipment might have violated the Customs laws by gross misdeclaration in quality-description of goods,” Ramiro said.
Acting on the report, coordination was made with District Collector Arsenia Ilagan of the Port of Manila for the conduct of spot-check/inspection on the subject shipment for verification and validation on 28 Oct 2019. Likewise, the CIIS-POM was directed to monitor the said shipment.
During spot check, customs examiners found stainless angle bars and steel sheets contrary to the declaration stated in the entry filed by the consignee.
An alert order was immediately issued on 29 October 2019 against the shipment pursuant to Section 1111 of the Republic Act No. 10863, otherwise known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).
A Warrant of Seizure and Detention (WSD) will be issued against the shipment for violation of Section of 1400 in relation to Section 1113 of the CMTA.
The Bureau of Customs has yet to determine the value of the seized goods as of press time.
Meanwhile, further investigation is being conducted by the BOC prior to filing of appropriate charges against the personalities involved in the smuggling of goods.
Photo by: BOC-Intelligence Group
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