The Bureau of Customs, through the operations of the Enforcement and Security Service-Environmental Protection and Compliance Division (ESS-EPCD) of the Manila International Container Port (MICP), seized 667 cartons of smuggled chainsaws containing a total of 1,034 units. This was during the conduct of physical examination dated 13 January 2022 at the MICP Designated Examination Area (DEA).
In relation thereto, the said shipment of 1×40’ container from China was consigned to JJJJ Enterprises. It was revealed that no importation permit from Forest Management Bureau-Department of Environment and Natural Resources (FMB-DENR) was secured, with an estimated value amounting to Php 1,010,127.00. The physical examination was conducted by the designated customs examiner together with the representatives from the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS), ESS, and ESS-EPCD.
A Warrant of Seizure and Detention has been issued against the subject shipment in violation of Section 1113 “Property Subject to Seizure and Forfeiture” in relation to Section 1401 “Unlawful Importation and Exportation” under Republic Act No. 10863 or The Customs Modernization and Tariff Act, and the DENR Administrative Order No. 2003-24 “Implementing Rules and Regulations of R.A No. 9175 (Chainsaw Act of 2002)”.