Four hundred bales of used clothing or “ukay-ukay” from China were barred from flooding the local markets after the Bureau of Customs (BOC) uncovered the banned items in a storage facility in Pasay City.
Customs agents from the Manila International Container Port (MICP) discovered the prohibited items in a facility in Malibay, Pasay City during an inspection on Wednesday, March 24. The used clothing have an estimated market value of P3.2 million.
The BOC said an investigation is now under way to identify the owner of the seized items and the facility. Possible filing of cases for the violation of Section 1400 of RA 10863 also known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) will follow.
The discovery of the secondhand clothing came a day after the port intercepted P48-million smuggled cigarettes concealed in a shipment of cartons, bicycles, and folding tables.
According to the port, inspections conducted in facilities are among the continuous efforts to stimulate the economy from the effects of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). “The Manila International Container Port under the guidance of Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero remains committed to pursuing its mandate to secure the country’s borders from the entry of illegal goods,” it said in a statement.