Customs auctions abandoned passengers’ belongings

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WITH its collection of P14.130 billion way below the P19.223 billion target in June, the Bureau of Customs at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) found a source of additional revenue to cover its shortfall. The bureau has placed unclaimed passengers’ luggages and cargoes that owners or importers abandoned in auction. Customs Auction Division lawyer Manny Relorcasa said the unclaimed luggages were mostly owned by overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who upon arrival were unable to find their belongings until they returned to their jobs abroad. The cargoes, on the other hand, were abandoned for months or years stockpiled in accredited warehouses at the NAIA because the importers do not come forward to file the bill of entry due to financial problems. Relorcasa said the owners have been notified but the Customs only got few responses.

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