P2M sticky rice seized at Manila port: Declared as breast cups
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) confiscated on Wednesday a 20-footer container of glutinous rice worth P2 million at the port of Manila.
Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña led the opening of the shipment declared as polyester knitted breast cup. The real content of the container was discovered after conducting a full physical examination on the shipment of Worldwide Apparel Manufacturing Inc.
“The consignee declared it as polyester knitted breast cup, however, during the conduct of x-ray examination, a different image was retrieved from the machine which led to the issuance of alert order as per recommendation of the X-ray Inspection Project (XIP),” he said in a statement.
The shipment would be forfeited in violation of a provision in the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act and Republic Act No. 10845, otherwise known as the Anti-Agricultural Smuggling Act of 2016
He encouraged all Customs employees to guard the borders against the entry of smuggled products and illegal drugs.
On the other hand, XIP head, Maj. Jaybee Raul Cometa, said the shipment was not 100 percent physically examined on September 5 due to the absence of a representative from Worldwide Apparel.
RA 10863 Sec. 1129 (c) provides that when regulated goods are subjected to alert order and the assessed duties, taxes, and other charges thereof are not paid within 15 days from notification from the Bureau of the resolution of the alert order, the shipment shall be deemed abandoned.
“Today is the expiration of the 15-day allowance, failure of the consignee to pay the duties and taxes will result in the abandonment of the shipment,” he said.
Cometa believed that the presence of rice instead of the declared item was prima facie evidence of smuggling. He said he would recommend the issuance of warrant of seizure and detention against the shipment to the BOC chief. (PNA)