Customs confiscates P10-M worth of smuggled sugar

THE Bureau of Customs has seized nine containers of smuggled sugar worth P10 million after an inspection on Monday at the Port of Manila.

The confiscated goods consigned to Lucky Sapphire Trading arrived on August 11 from China and were declared to have "steel tube scaffolding."

But it was filed and paid entry at the "Foodstuff and Beverage" section, BOC said.

Following the questionable filing procedure and a prior intelligence report, the BOC Intelligence Group issued an alert order on the shipment.

"The Office of the Commissioner also issued a special stop on the release of the cargoes, which was already cleared for release after payment has been reported," BOC said.

But the agency said the inspection on Monday revealed that the shipment contained refined white sugar from Malaysia.

Aside from misdeclaration, BOC said the consignee was also found to have paid only P535,330 for the shipment, far from the estimated value of the confiscated goods. (SDR/Sunnex)
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