Customs files P60-M smuggling charges vs 4 importers-A A +A
Thursday, October 17, 2013
THE Bureau of Customs (BOC) filed smuggling charges against importers and brokers of used clothing worth P60 million at the Department of Justice (DOJ).
Charged were Luisa Villa Pascual, owner of Great Circles Trading and Jessie Carlos Dionisio, owner of Farold International, and licensed Customs brokers Jeff Eyrron Juta and Nikov Ashley Vista, for violation of Sections 3601 and 3602 of the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines (TCCP), as amended, and Republic Act 4652, An Act to Safeguard the Health of the People and Maintain the Dignity of the Nation through the prohibition of used clothing and rags.
Customs Commissioner Rufino Biazon said the 40-foot container shipment of Great Circles Trading was declared as "Scales toys and other merchandise" but was found to contain used clothing approximately valued at P7.5 million.
On the other hand, the shipment from Farold International came in seven 40-foot containers declared as "Machinery spare parts, pneumatic tools, hardware items, school supplies and scales toys and other merchandise."
But it also found to contain used clothing, used books, used bags and used shoes valued approximately at P52.5 million.
The shipments were seized by operatives of the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) at the Manila International Container Port (MICP).
"I am warning all importers and traders, especially those involved in the importation of agricultural products, to desist from smuggling and for them pay the right duties for their importations as, sooner or later; we will confront you in the court of law," Biazon said in a statement.
At present, a total of 105 smuggling charges have been filed by the bureau under Biazon's two years as Customs Chief
This also brings to 149, the total number of smuggling cases filed by the BOC at the DOJ during the administration of President Benigno Aquino III. (FP/Sunnex)