BOC NAIA seizes Php4 million worth of cigarettes misdeclared as “Paper Hand Towel”

The Bureau of Customs Port of NAIA seized 2,520 reams of cigarettes with an estimated market value of Php 4 million misdeclared as “Paper Hand Towel” bound for Australia.

Records show that the shipment was commissioned for export by a local company based in Novaliches, Quezon City, to South Geelong Victoria, Australia. Upon physical examination by the assigned Trade Control Examiner, it was instead found to actually contain 2,520 reams of cigarettes.

Consequently, District Collector Carmelita M. Talusan issued a Warrant of Seizure and Detention (WSD) against the seized cigarettes for violation of Section 1400 (Misdeclaration) and Section 1113 (Property Subject to Seizure and Forfeiture) in relation to Section 117 (Regulated Importation and Exportation) of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act, CMC No. 167-2020, Memorandum Circular No. 003 series of 2019 of the National Tobacco Administration and RMO 38-2003 of the Bureau of Internal Revenue.

The case records shall also be referred to the Bureau Action Team Against Smugglers (BATAS) for possible case building and profiling against the personalities behind the foiled illegal exportation of tobacco products.

Bureau of Customs NAIA is committed in supporting the directives of Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero to curb all illegal importation and exportation of regulated, prohibited and restricted goods deemed detrimental to economy, safety and/or health of the consuming public.


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