Customs files raps vs consignee of P53-M smuggled veggies

Published September 25, 2019, 7:27 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Betheena Unite

Smuggling charges were filed against the consignee and its Customs brokers over the importation of P53-million agricultural products, economic sabotage, before the Department of Justice, the Bureau of Customs said Wednesday.

The Bureau of Customs presents the seized agricultural products found in 16 containers declared as fishballs estimated to be worth P53 million at the Port of Manila Wednesday, September 11, 2019. (Ali Vicoy / MANILA BULLETIN)
The Bureau of Customs presents the seized agricultural products found in 16 containers declared as fishballs estimated to be worth P53 million at the Port of Manila Wednesday, September 11, 2019. (Ali Vicoy / MANILA BULLETIN)

The Bureau of Customs Action Team Against Smugglers (BATAS) of the Legal Service had filed criminal charges involving 15 shipments of various agricultural products, consigned to Shinerise Trading Service.

Charges were filed against Lorna Fernandez-Sagli, the sole proprietress of Shinerise Trading Services, and Johnna Philippian Cristobal-Aceveda, a licensed Customs broker, the bureau said.

They were charged over the unlawful importation of various agricultural products that are in violation of Sections 1401(f) in relation to 117, 107, 405 and 412 of R.A. 10863, otherwise known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act, Section 3 of R.A. No. 10845, otherwise known as Anti-Agricultural Smuggling Act of 2016, Sections 3.6, 3.7, 4.1.1, 4.1.5 of Customs Administrative Order No. 2-2017 and Article 172 in relation to Article 171 of the Revised Penal Code (RPC), as amended.

The Customs bureau stressed that the importation is economic sabotage because its importation value exceeded P1 million and is considered large-scale agricultural smuggling.

The shipment consigned to Shinerise Trading, which originated from China, arrived at the Port of Manila in August 2019 and was declared as fishballs.

However, instead of fishballs, several boxes of agricultural products such as carrots, onions, broccoli, and potatoes were found during inspection early September.

Shinerise Trading’s accreditation has been canceled since then.

 
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