PH seize smuggled rice, cigarettes from China
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) had seized millions worth of smuggled goods from China, which includes sacks of rice and cigarettes.
The goods – which were first declared as grocery items, glass cups, bottles, mugs, wheel rims, footwear, and general merchandise – were found in the Port of Manila (POM) and the Manila International Container Port (MICP).
The shipments were later on found to be containing undeclared sacks of rice without National Food Authority (NFA) permits, as well as air freshener, toothpaste, shampoo, makeup, and vape without Food and Drug Administration (FDA) permits.
They also included ziplock bags, houseware, wheel rims, and fake shoes.
Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña said the smuggled sacks of rice were for Fastworth Marketing and misdeclared as general merchandise.
The shipments particularly came from China and were consigned to IT Malingco Trading Corporation, Abundanceprime Chemicals Trading Corporation, Archerson Trading, Sto Niño Marketing, and Fastworth Marketing.
At a separate shipment found in MICP, BOC found illicit cigarettes.