Bureau of Customs (BOC) agents seized late last month some 2,000 master cases of smuggled cigarettes worth P60 million, the agency revealed in a statement Tuesday, March 2.
The Feb.26 operation, which led to the confiscation of the million-peso contraband, was carried out by the Manila International Container Port’s (MICP) Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS).
The shipments came from China and were consigned to two entities: Green Nature Alliance Ventures Corp. and Atlantic Globe Movers Inc.
Green Nature initially declared their shipment to contain 1,134 cartons of Zhong Su brand pe stretch film, while Atlantic Globe declared theirs as 74 packages of lowering device packing equipment.
However, upon examination of the shipments, they were found to contain 2,000 master cases of cigarette brands Fortune, Mighty, and Marvel.
The apprehended items were estimated to have a market value of P60 Million.
A warrant of seizure and detention (WSD) has been issued against the shipment and further investigation is underway against the consignees.
Possible charges against them include violation of Section 117 in relation to Section 1113 of Republic Act (RA) No. 10863, also known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA); and of other relative National Tobacco Administration (NTA) and Bureau of Internal revenue (BIR) rules and regulations.
“MICP remains steadfast in its anti-smuggling and border protection efforts under the leadership of BOC Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero,” the statement read.