The Bureau of Customs (BOC)-Manila International Container Port (MICP) Collection District generated more than P469 million from public auctions of illegally imported goods from January to September 16 this year, exceeding its auction revenue target for full-year 2014.
In a statement, the bureau said that the District Office successfully conducted 14 public auctions of some 1,319 container vans of forfeited shipments, generating a total of P469.052 million, 261 percent higher than the P130 million auction revenue target for the year.
The BOC noted that the significant jump in the district’s auction proceeds was mainly attributable to the sale of 315 container vans of glutinous and white rice on September 11, which earned over P393 million.
In addition to the public auctions, the BOC-MICP also condemned 1,091 container vans of seized goods that can neither be sold through public bidding nor donated to the Department of Social Welfare and Development. These include pirated or fake goods, food items and medicines that are expired or have no permits from the Food and Drug Administration.
“More than raising revenues for the government, the aggressive disposition of forfeited goods has also helped decongest the Manila International Container Terminal and sent a strong message to our stakeholders that we are committed to implementing customs laws and policies to the letter,” said BOC-MICP District Collector Elmir de la Cruz.
The BOC also said that year-to-date auction revenue figure includes P12.065 million generated in a public auction on September 16, when the BOC-Manila International Container Port successfully sold an estimated 486,870 kilograms of garlic at a price of about P24.78 per kilo to CH Sta. Fe Corp.
The bureau said four bidders submitted bids for 17 container vans of garlic that arrived from Shandong, China in June. The shipment was seized from MC Jayson International Trading for lack of Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary (SPS) Import Clearance from the Department of Agriculture.
“Under the Plant Quarantine Law of 1978 law or the Presidential Decree No. 1433, importations of garlic require an SPS Clearance from the agriculture department,” it said.