BOC Files Smuggling Raps vs Cigarette Traders

The Bureau of Customs, through the initiative of the Bureau’s Action Team Against Smugglers (BATAS), Port of Subic, and Port of Cagayan de Oro, filed criminal complaints against the two (2) importers of cigarettes allegedly smuggled into the country.

The first case is against BONVER CONSUMER GOODS TRADING for alleged unlawful importation and misdeclaration of two (2) containers of smuggled cigarettes amounting to P107,694,206.76 last July 18 & 23, 2021 at the Port of Subic.

The second case is against LMRC 418 DIRECT IMPORT EXPORT CORPORATION due to the alleged misdeclaration of 2 containers of filtered cigarettes and premium filter kings estimated to be worth P78,782,778.91 on February 2, 2021 at the Port of Cagayan de Oro.

Both respondents violated Republic Act No. 10863, otherwise known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) in relation to Customs Memorandum Order No. 20-2006; Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion Law; National Tobacco Administration (NTA) Board Resolution 079-2005; National Tobacco Memorandum Circular No. 03, s. 2004; and the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines.

The Bureau of Customs has strengthened its investigation and legal action against unscrupulous importers and customs brokers involved in illegal and irregular activities.