DTI reminds OFWs to patronize reputable freight forwarders

June 6, 2013 9:46 pm 

MANILA, June 6 — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) reminds overseas filipino workers (OFWs) and Filipinos abroad to patronize reputable and reliable freight forwarders as the department continues to receive complaints of undelivered balikbayan boxes.

DTI disclosed on Thursday that it endorsed to the Department of Justice (DOJ) the appropriate investigation of two cargo forwarders and a person who were subjects of four affidavits of complaint.

Pacific Logistics International Cargo, The Filipino Cargo International and a person named Ludebar Jakosalem were allegedly liable for undelivered balikbayan boxes from Kuwait that are intended for shipment to consignees in the Philippines.

"We are seeking DOJ’s assistance to conduct appropriate preliminary investigation on these freight forwarders so they can be criminally charged for swindling or estafa,” DTI-Philippine Shippers Bureau (DTI-PSB) Director-in-Charge Atty. Victorio Mario Dimagiba.

“We also hope that the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), as an attached agency of DOJ, could help in locating and compelling the perpetrators of this wrongdoing to face charges against them,” he added

DTI-PSB issued formal charges against Pacific Logistics International Cargo, and The Filipino Cargo International for operating business without required PSB-accreditation aside from reports of undelivered cargos.

It was known that the two cargo companies have the same office address at No. 567 General Luna Street, Guinayang, San Mateo Rizal.

Meanwhile, Jakosalem is the known contact person of the two freight forwarders.

DTI said despite the issuance of the formal charge, summons, notice of hearings and order to deliver the cargo, respondents neither filed an answer nor appeared during the scheduled hearing.

DTI added that the department will continue to guard OFWs and Filipinos abroad against unscrupulous fly-by-night freight forwarders by endorsing investigation to DOJ.

“There are weekly advisories and alerts on delinquent freight forwarders as well as list of DTI-PSB accredited freight forwarders in the DTI website, which can greatly assist our kababayans in choosing which freight forwarding companies to transact with in sending their balikbayan boxes to the Philippines,” DTI Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya said.

Persons who will be victimized by this illegal activities of cargo forwarders are urged to send their complaints to DTI-PSB at dti_psb@yahoo.com.ph or call DTI at (02)751-3330. (PNA)

DSPKMC/UTB

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