SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union: The Bureau of Customs (BOC) here is planning to return bales of used clothing to its port of exit for fear of disease, a personnel of the La Union District Collector, said here Monday.
The BOC is still waiting for the final report of its district collector, Bonifacio De Castro, who is still in Baguio City for a continuing follow-up operation that began last week.
The 2, 800 bales of second-hand clothes, comforters and other garments arrived at the Poro Point office here on Friday. The shipment, which has an estimated value of P22 million, was unloaded from eight trucks and are now piled up to the ceiling, even filling several occupied offices.
The source said that the Customs is expecting to return them to its original port of exit or burned.
He added that the shipment was supposed to be made into household rugs. “Ewan ko kung bakit nailalabas nila [I don’t know why they were able to take it out],” he said referring to exporters in the United States and Canada, where the shipment came from.
It was learned that the shipment was declared as “scrap fabric” and entered through locators as the Subic and Clark and Cavite Export Processing Zones.
Several persons from Baguio City were arrested not as owners of the shipment but as used-clothing buyers for their “ukay-ukay or wagwagan [used-clothing]” business.
The local garment industry has been losing a lot with the entry of “wagwagan” business nationwide because they are garments are cheaper and are branded.