BOC seizes weapons contained in balikbayan boxes

THE Bureau of Customs has raised alarm over the apprehension of high-powered firearms that entered the country using balikbayan boxes.

In a statement Thursday, BOC Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon said the illegal shipment was discovered during a random inspection.

But he failed to mention the quantity of the firearms which were discovered from the balikbayan boxes and where they came from.

“I am appealing to all of you not to use the names of our OFWs (overseas Filipino workers) in order to smuggle goods into the country. Do not do this to our country and our OFWs,” Faeldon said.

He said the recent passage of Customs Modernization and Tariff Act has provided increased privileges to OFWs by granting them higher exemptions from payment of Customs duties when sending balikbayan boxes.

At the same time, Faeldon said the BOC agents found misdeclared candies in five containers after a random check of alerted shipments, which came from China, in the Port of Manila.

The containers were declared to contain fruit jelly candies, but was found to have assorted candies without the appropriate Certificate of Product Registration from the Food and Drug Administration after the inspection.

The alerted shipments have a dutiable value of P1,967,400.00, BOC said. (SDR/Sunnex)
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