Lapeña to hold random checks for containers in Manila port
A hundred randomly-selected containers will be checked by the Customs chief.
Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña is walking the talk in his crackdown on smuggling as he led a surprise inspection at the Manila International Container Port (MICP) on Friday, Jan. 19.
The official went to Container Freight Station 3 and ordered the opening of 100 containers stacked at the yard, which were selected at random and opened for inspection.
Lapeña said these random checks are expected to force importers to drop their dirty antics once and for all, given the fear that they could be busted.
“We will do this as often as we can, if necessary, until such time all importers and players can do the business legitimately,” he said in a statement.
“This random inspection will let us know if the shipment contains misdeclared or undervalued shipment.”
Around 760,000 containers arrived at the MICP in 2017, with the average daily volume at 1,500.
Any questionable cargo discovered will merit seizure and detention, and cases versus the importer, Lapeña said.