Customs apprehends smuggled diesel oil and ukay-ukay worth P20M

December 17, 2010 1:59 pm 

MANILA, Dec.17 — Four container vans loaded with diesel oil and used clothing or “ukay-ukay” worth P20 million were seized Friday by operatives of the Bureau of Customs (BoC) at the Port of Manila.

Customs Commissioner Angelito Alvarez headed the presentation to the media, three container vans loaded with Extra High Performance Diesel oil for Marine Application misdeclared as 240 drums of ordinary marine lubricants, consigned to Power Star Trading, Inc.

He said the misclassification was done purposely to undervalue the shipment and evade the payment of right duties and taxes. The shipment came from Singapore and values at P15 million.

Deputy Commissioner Horacio Suansing of the Customs Enforcement Group also presented a container van loaded with used clothing from Hong Kong worth P5 million. The said importation is prohibited under Republic Act 4653.

The ukay-ukay shipment was consigned to I.R.M.Trading, and declared in its inward Foreign Manifest as wearing apparel.

Suansing said that the diesel oil will be auctioned off for additional income of the bureau.

Alvarez, meantime said that their campaign against illegal shipment is in high gear as he warned smuggler to stop their unlawful activities.

“Ang kampanya naming ay gawing unprofitable ang smuggling activities,” he said.

He reported that in the past two weeks, they apprehended some P100 million worth of smuggled items including sugar, rice among others.(PNA) LOR/FGP/utb

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