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50 Million Pesos Worth of Wheat Flour, Ten-Wheeler Trucks, Frozen Mackerels Seized

April 29, 2010

Twenty containers of wheat flour misdeclared as General Merchandise items, Two units of Isuzu ten-wheeler trucks, two containers of frozen mackerel and a container of amplifiers misdeclared as footwear are among the illegally imported commodities valued at 50 million pesos that the Bureau of Customs confiscated today.

Customs Commissioner Angelito Alvarez said the ten-wheeler China-made trucks consigned to Choloejen International Training with a combined value of P8 million were seized for violating regulations against the importation of right-hand drive vehicles.

Alvarez added that the vehicles were about to be spirited out of customs when detected and foiled by operatives from the Customs Intelligence Service headed by Director Filomeno Vicencio and Port of Manila Intelligence chief Marissa Galang.

Two forty footer containers containing frozen mackerel worth nearly P3 million was confiscated for failure of its consignee, the John Nicole Agri and Aquatic Resources, to present an import permit from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.

The 40-foot container laden with P3 million worth of amplifiers from China was detained for being misdeclared by its consignee, the JR Mancad Trading, as a shipment of assorted footwear and shoe accessories.

Other items confiscated today included 2 containers of high-value ceramic tiles worth6 million and 20 containers of flour with the dutiable value of 30 million that were misdeclared as general merchandise item.

Alvarez said the ceramic tiles and the misdeclared wheat flour shipments, which all came from China had been declared abandoned after its consignees , active Global source and Benline agencies , failed to claim the goods within the 30-day period allowed by law.

Alvarez commended director Filomeno Vicencio and Port of Manila Intelligence chief Marissa Galang for their sustained vigilance against smuggling in Aduana.

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