BOC-BATAS files raps against Illegal Importers, Brokers

In line with the Bureau of Customs’ (BOC) mandate to protect the country’s borders from the entry of illegal and smuggled goods, the Bureau’s Action Team Against Smugglers (BATAS), filed criminal cases before the Department of Justice (DOJ) against two (2) importers for the alleged misdeclaration and illegal importation of counterfeit and prohibited goods.

The first case is against YJC International Corporation for alleged unlawful importation and misdeclaration of 1,599 cartons (79,950 reams) of counterfeit cigarettes with a total value of PHP 76,837,676.47. The consignee declared its shipment as plastic frames and sheets. The commission of said violation happened on 03 January 2021 in the Manila International Container Port.

MBS CARGO MOVERS Co. was also charged for alleged illegal importation and misdeclaration of 344 boxes of ukay-ukay. The consignee declared its shipment as used personal effects. The violation was committed on 10 August 2020 in MICP.

The above consignees and their brokers are charged for various violations of R.A. 10863 (CMTA), Republic Act No. 4653 (An Act to Safeguard the Health of the People and Maintain the Dignity of the Nation by Declaring it a National Policy to Prohibit the Commercial Importation of Textile Articles Commonly Known as Used Clothing and Rags), R.A. 10963 (TRAIN Law), R.A. 8293 (Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines), The Revised Penal Code, and National Tobacco Administration rules and regulations.

Accordingly, administrative cases before the PRC will also be filed against the erring Licensed Customs Brokers of the abovementioned consignees. The consignees and their respective Licensed Customs Brokers purportedly committed various violations of Republic Act No. 10863, otherwise known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA); Republic Act No. 4653 otherwise known as “An Act to Safeguard the Health of the People and Maintain the Dignity of the Nation by Declaring it a National Policy to Prohibit the Commercial Importation of Textile Articles Commonly Known as Used Clothing and Rags”; Department of Health (DOH) Administrative Order No. 2014-0038 or the Rules and Regulations Governing Household/Urban Pesticides Licensing of Establishments and Operators, Registration of Their Products and for Other Purpose; and Article 172 in relation to Article 171 of the Revised Penal Code, as amended.

The filing of the cases reiterates the commitment of the Bureau in 2021 and so on, to prevent any unlawful importation of goods into the country as well as to hold liable erring natural and judicial entities under the law.

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