BOC-MICP Apprehends 60 Million Worth of Smuggled Cigarettes

In line with the Bureau of Customs’ (BOC) commitment to its mandate on border security, the Bureau, through the Manila International Container Port’s (MICP) Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) apprehended 2×40’ containers found to contain 2000 master cases of smuggled cigarettes on  February 26, 2021.

The shipments came from China and were consigned to Green Nature Alliance Ventures Corp. and Atlantic Globe Movers Inc. They were initially declared to contain 1,134 cartons of Zhong Su brand pe stretch film and 74 packages of lowering device packing equipment, respectively.

However, upon physical examination, they were found to contain 2000 master cases of cigarettes with brands of Fortune, Mighty and Marvel. The apprehended items were estimated to have a market value of Php 60 Million.

A warrant of seizure and detention (WSD) has been issued against the shipment and further investigation are underway against the consignees for the possible filing of charges for violation of Section 117 in relation to Section 1113 of Republic Act (RA) No. 10863 also known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA), and other relative National Tobacco Administration (NTA) and Bureau of Internal revenue (BIR) rules and regulations.

MICP remains steadfast in its anti-smuggling and border protection efforts under the leadership of BOC Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero.