As part of the continuing efforts to curb smuggling and illicit trade, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) – Port of Subic condemned a total of sixty (60) 40-footer container shipments of assorted agricultural products on October 25, 2021.
The condemnation of these smuggled and unsafe goods is part of Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero’s mandate to dispose all seized and overstaying cargoes in ports.
The smuggled goods entered the Port through containerized shipments with goods declared as either Frozen Breads, Frozen Jams, and Yellow Onions but was later found to contain either onions, carrots, and broccoli consigned to Zhenpin Consumer Goods Trading, Duar Te Mira Non-Specialized Wholesale, Gingarnion Agri Trading, and Thousand Sunny Enterprise. The Port immediately seized and forfeited the said shipments for violation of Section 1113 (f) in relation to Section 1400 of the Republic Act No. 10863 otherwise known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) and Department of Agriculture Department Circular No. 04 series of 2016.
The condemnation of the abovementioned shipments was attended by Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence Group, Raniel T. Ramiro, together with the representatives from the Department of Agriculture (DOA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), and the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA).
These agencies helped the Port by working hand-in-hand in countering the agricultural smuggling that has been prevalent these past few months.
This has been the largest forfeiture of agricultural products at the Port of Subic. Thanks to the effective and intensified inter-agency cooperation of BOC, DA, DTI, SBMA, and NICA.
The BOC – Port of Subic vows to remain committed in its drive to combat smuggling and to secure the country’s borders under the leadership of Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero.