Port of Davao Seizes Php 9.97-M worth of Smuggled Cigarettes

Port of Davao Seizes Php 9.97-M worth of Smuggled Cigarettes

The Bureau of Customs (BOC)-Port of Davao apprehended 450 boxes of illicit cigarettes consigned to NMCA Rice Trading on December 14, 2020.

Armed with an alert order issued by Port of Davao District Collector Erastus Sandino B. Austria, members of the Port’s Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS), Enforcement and Security Service (ESS), and X-ray Inspection Project (XIP) apprehended the shipment which was declared as Brand new PP Bags.

However, after conducting physical inspection, yielded positive for misdeclaration as 450 boxes of President brand cigarettes was found. This has an estimated market value of Php 9,974,729,87 million.

A Warrant of Seizure and Detention (WSD) was immediately issued against the entire shipment pursuant to R.A. 10863, otherwise known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA). This latest apprehension was also identified to be linked to several apprehensions of multi-million illicit cigarettes traded in other countries.

Customs Davao will continue its intensified campaign against the smuggling of these illegally imported goods into the country led by its District Collector, Atty. Austria in line with Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero’s priority programs steering BOC to international standards in revenue collection, border protection and trade facilitation.

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