BOC seizes P18.5M smuggled cigarettes including Lucio Tan brands
MANILA — Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Isidro Lapeña on Monday inspected a 40-footer container loaded with misdeclared cigarettes worth P18.5 million at the Manila International Container Port (MICP).
The shipment was declared as 890 cartons of industrial artificial fur texture but was later discovered to contain cartons of assorted cigarettes after it was examined.
“The shipment consigned to Marid Industrial Marketing located at 2090 Batangas Line, Paco, Manila was declared as 890 cartons of industrial artificial fur texture but upon examination it was discovered to contain 914 cartons of cigarette brands such as Jackpot, Fortune, John, Marvels, and U2,” Lapeña said in a statement Monday.
Jackpot and Fortune are cigarette brands of Philip Morris-Fortune Tobacco owned by bilyonaryo Lucio Tan.
“I would advise our kababayan (fellows) to be very cautious especially if counterfeit because it might be hazardous to health,” he added.
On April 10, agents from X-ray Inspection Project (XIP) found irregularities on the X-ray image, prompting recommendation to alert the said shipment.
The branded cigarettes arrived from China on April 4 and was processed by customs broker Carme Ann Rollon with office address at Cluster 3, Unit 3-1 Numancia Residences, Urbiztondo St., San Nicolas, Manila.
The shipment will undergo seizure and forfeiture proceedings for violation of Section 1400 (Misdeclaration, Misclassification, and Undervaluation in Goods Declaration) of Republic Act No. 10863, otherwise known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).
He noted that the accreditation of the importer and customs broker will be revoked or suspended accordingly. (PNA)