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BOC Seizes P20-M worth ‘Smuggled’ Electronics in Bulacan

April 12, 2023

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) inspected recently the warehouse facility of ECOM Electronics Reconditioning Services located at RIS Industrial Complex 168 Mercado St. Lot 3U, Malis, Guiguinto, Bulacan. The inspection revealed a stash of alleged smuggled Smart Televisions (Smart TVs) and computer system units.

 

A composite team of personnel from the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) – Port of Manila, the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group – Philippine National Police, Enforcement and Security Service – Port of Manila, Formal Entry Division – Port of Manila, and the Legal Service, RCMG, served the Letter of Authority (LOA) signed by Customs Commissioner Bienvenido Y. Rubio.

The LOA was issued based on derogatory information received about the subject warehouse.

Upon inspection, the Implementing Team discovered assorted televisions of different sizes, machines used for lamination, boxes used for packaging, and raw materials for reconditioning and repair.

The estimated value of the goods discovered inside the warehouse is Php20 million.

Following the inventory, the Implementing Team temporarily secured the storage facility with BOC seals and posted 24/7 duty detail at the entrance and exit gates of the warehouse.

Customs authorities will require the owners to present importation documents or proof of payment. If found to be without the proper import documents, the contents of the warehouse may be subject to seizure and forfeiture proceedings for violation of Section 1400 (Misdeclaration in Goods Declaration) in relation to Section 1113 (Property Subject to Seizure and Forfeiture) of Republic Act No. 10863, known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).

“This marks another successful effort in combating smuggling activities and upholding customs regulations in the country,” said Commissioner Rubio.

“The BOC remains committed to safeguarding the nation’s borders and ensuring compliance with importation laws,” he added.

The Commissioner urges all businesses and individuals to comply with customs regulations and refrain from engaging in illegal activities.#

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