The Bureau of Customs (BOC) recently filed criminal complaints against three consignees for separate infractions including the misdeclaration of shipments and the importation of unsafe meat products.
The BOC announced filing the cases before the Department of Justice-National Prosecution Office through its Bureau’s Action Team Against Smugglers (BATAS) on Tuesday, July 14.
On July 10, Titan Marketing and Development Corp. was charged for the importation of frozen meat products deemed unfit for human consumption in violation of Section 1401 (d) in relation to Sections 12, 37 and 38 of R.A. 10611 or the Food safety Act of 2013.
Fivebeast Trading was charged for misdeclaring galvanized steel flexible conduit as plastic fittings in violation of Section 1401 (c) in relation to Sections 1400, 107, 405 and 412 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act and Article 172 in relation to Article of 171 of the Revised Penal Code (RPC).
FGM-RS-CO was charged for importing galvanized steel coil misdeclared as hot rolled steel coil in violation of Section 1401 in relation to Section 1400 and Section 1113 (f)(i) of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act and Article 172 in relation to Article 171 of the RPC.
According to Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero, the filing of the cases against the three importers is a clear manifestation of the bureau’s commitment in preventing unlawful importation of goods into the country.