Three importers are facing charges of smuggling for allegedly bringing in misdeclared goods such as cigarettes and onions in the country.
The Bureau of Customs (BOC), through its Bureau’s Action Team Against Smugglers (BATAS), filed criminal cases against the erring importers before the Department of Justice (DOJ) for allegedly smuggling P86 million worth of contraband.
Jantheara Trading International was charged for the alleged misdeclaration of an onion shipment amounting to P3,315,350.96 last May 17, 2021 at the Port of Davao.
Also charged was Denian Dry Goods Trading, this time for the alleged misdeclaration of 343 cartons of Union cigarettes, 588 cartons of Astro American Blend cigarettes, and 32 cartons of laptop table worth P50,770,685.44 in September 2020 at the Port of Cagayan de Oro.
Micastar Consumer Goods Trading was likewise slapped with a criminal complaint for allegedly misdeclaring a P33-million shipment of copy paper, insulators, chairs, bricks, and cigarettes on May 2, 2021 at the Port of Manila.
The licensed customs brokers who processed the shipments of the three importers are also facing similar complaints.
According to BATAS, both the importers and the customs brokers purportedly violated several provisions of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) and other applicable laws.