SOME P15-million worth of imported sex toys and other items were seized by intelligence agents of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) when they caught the actual loading of the alleged smuggled boxes from China on Tuesday in Quiapo district, Manila.

In a statement, Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon said the agents of the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) were conducting official routine inspections of warehouses in the said area when they saw workers off-loading 473 bales of cargoes from a container van at 747 Padilla Street.

The items also include other sex enhancement products, boxes of karaoke amplifiers, bales of rice, electronic and other merchandise.

He added that the shipment was misdeclared as "polybags 14x25x44" and consigned to Elsprocon Trading with business address at Room 228B/F Regina Building, Escolta Street, 27 Binondo, Manila.

The smuggled cargoes were apprehended through a mission order, which was issued by the BOC chief on January 19 in accordance with Section 244 of Republic Act 10863, or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.

The customs broker was identified as Brix Evale of Block 20 Lot 7, Phase 1C-Annex, San Lorenzo Village South, Sta. Rosa city, Laguna.

Faeldon added that the shipments were seized after the importer failed to submit import permits from the Food and Drugs Administration.

The other seized cargoes were likewise lacking the necessary import documents and were grossly misdeclared.

According to CIIS Intelligence Officer Joel Pinawin, the importer only paid the undervalued amount of P72,702.03 in duties and taxes, which is also a violation of relevant provisions of the CMTA.

The operation was supported by agents of the National Bureau of Investigation members of the Philippine National Police, the Manila City Government and barangay officials. (SunStar Philippines)