Criminal Cases Filed vs. Traders of Cigarettes, General Merchandise

The Bureau of Customs filed two (2) criminal cases on April 23, 2021 before the Department of Justice (DOJ) against the importers and customs brokers of cigarettes and general merchandise.

JDR General Merchandise and its customs broker is facing criminal charges after its alleged importation and misdeclaration of two shipments of fake cigarettes and general merchandise on March 17, 2021 in the Manila International Container Port (MICP). The estimated value of the subject shipments is P50.540 million.

Based on the complaint filed, the importer violated the pertinent provisions of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA); Section II (e) of Customs Memorandum Order No. 20-2006; Sections 41 and 42 of R.A. 10963, otherwise known as the TRAIN Law; Section 10 of National Tobacco Administration (NTA) 079-2005; NTA Memorandum Circular No. 03, s. 2004; and Section 155 in relation to Section 170 of R.A. 8293, otherwise known as the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines.

The Bureau also filed a criminal case against Gingerbreadman Trading and its customs broker for its alleged importation of misdeclared general merchandise amounting to P1.319 million. The violation was committed on August 15, 2020 in MICP.

The importer and its customs broker are said to have violated the CMTA, and Article 172 in relation to Article 171 of the Revised Penal Code (RPC), as amended.

The BOC continues to file criminal cases and administrative cases against unscrupulous stakeholders who blatantly violate the laws, rules, and regulations of the agency.

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