BOC files Charges against Importers, Brokers of Agri Products, Cigarettes, General Merchandise
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) through the Bureau’s Action Team Against Smugglers (BATAS), filed criminal cases against three (3) importers for the alleged misdeclaration and illegal importation of restricted goods on 22-26 February 2021 before the Department of Justice (DOJ).
The first case is against Mountain View Multi-Purpose Cooperative for the alleged unlawful importation and misdeclaration of various agricultural products, with a total value of PHP 7,252,561.85 on 13 July 2020 at the Port of Subic.
MBS Cargo Movers Co. was also charged for the alleged unlawful importation and misdeclaration of cigarettes, with a total value of PHP 36,590,901.10 on 04 February 2021 at the Manila International Container Port.
The third case is against Lenoil Houseware Trading for the alleged unlawful importation and misdeclaration of various general merchandise, with a total value of PHP 1,248,614.49 on 13 August 2020 at the Port of Manila.
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. 10845, otherwise known as the Anti-Agricultural Smuggling Act of 2016, The Revised Penal Code, and other allied laws, as amended.
Accordingly, administrative cases before the PRC will also be filed against the erring Licensed Customs Broker of MBS Cargo Movers Co. and Lenoil Houseware Trading.
BOC warns unscrupulous importers that rampant misdeclaration of goods defrauds the government of its rightful revenues.