By Betheena Unite
Four shipments of various goods from China, Indonesia, and United States were intercepted at the Port of Davao Friday, a day after P36.5-million goods were uncovered in Manila.
The shipments, according to Bureau of Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña, contained misdeclared onions, magic sugar, candies, mosquito coils, and used clothing.
Two of the shipments were shipped from China and arrived at Sasa Wharf in Davao City on separate dates while the other two came from Indonesia and United States to Davao International Container Terminal (DICT).
“Customs authorities have intercepted in Sasa Wharf the shipments of Janrev Enterprises which is declared to contain plastic plates but was found to contain 401 cartons of Snowbear candy, and 869 cartons of mosquito coil, and the imports of Bizreal Trading International found to contain apples mixed with 6,300 sacks of onion,” Lapeña said.
Mahmud Enterprises and Kobeasan Trading, on the other hand, brought in bales of “ukay-ukay” or used clothing, 275 boxes of magic sugar, and 115 boxes of lotion, which were only declared as bedsheets, shoes, pillowcases, stuffed toys, and bags.
Another shipment at the DICT was subjected to an alert order after the x-ray machine revealed images appearing to be sacks of onions, which is different from the declared item. It was also consigned to Bizreal Trading International.
“We are alerting all agricultural products arriving at the port as per directive of the Commissioner. We are closely monitoring the imports of agricultural products to prevent the entry of smuggled products,” District Collector Romalino Valdez said.
Warrants of seizure and detention (WSD) have been issued against the alerted cargoes upon the recommendation of the X-ray Inspection Project, Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service, and Enforcement and Security Service for violating Section 1400 and Section 1113 paragraphs of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.
The seized ukay-ukay also violated RA 4653 or “An Act to Safeguard the Health of the People and maintain the Dignity of the Nation by declaring it a National Policy to Prohibit the Commercial Importation of Textile articles commonly known as Used Clothing and Rags.”
Inventory of the seized goods is underway to determine the shipments’ value, Lapeña said.
On Thursday, an attempt to smuggle P36.5 million worth of various goods such as agricultural products, ukay-ukay, and cigarettes was also foiled by the bureau.
The several items were discovered inside seven container vans during spot inspection of alerted shipments at the Manila International Container Port.
The containers from China which arrived on separate dates were declared to contain non-woven interlining and women interlining, industrial fur, fresh apple, and household ware.
However, Lapeña confirmed, that the actual contents found by the Customs authorities are very different from what was declared.
A total of 947 cartons of More cigarettes and 53 cartons of Marvels cigarettes, 950 boxes of Mighty cigarettes, boxes of apples mixed with onion, apples mixed with boxes of fresh carrots, and bales of ukay-ukay mixed with food without Food and Drug Administration (FDA) permit were uncovered.