BOC seizes P125M worth smuggled rice
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) had seized a total of 100 containers of white rice from Thailand, value of which is said to be at P125 million.
Seized at the Manila International Container Port (MICP), the 100 200-footer containers carrying the smuggled rice were consigned to Sta. Rosa Farm Products Corp., who has still a pending rice smuggling case.
A Manila Bulletin report said the cargo was apprehended for violation of Section 117 in relation to NFA Letter Circular No. AO-2013-04-002, Section 1401 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) and Republic Act No. 10845 or the Anti-Agricultural Smuggling Act.
Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña said the agency already informed the National Food Authority (NFA) about it.
Based on the NFA Letter Circular No. AO-2013-04-002, rice importers are required to secure an NFA permit before the shipment arrives in the country.
“Once the NFA is done with the examination and has issued report and recommendation as to the price, we will auction the goods immediately because of its perishable nature. The proceeds of the auction will be held in escrow pending final resolution of seizure and abandonment proceedings,” Lapeña said.