ABOUT P18 million worth of smuggled shipment from China were seized by the Bureau of Customs (BoC), according to Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena.
Inspection revealed that all four shipments were found to contain various fake G-shock watches, shoes, rice, used clothing, two heavy equipment, and other general merchandise.
Lapena said on Wednesday that the importers violated provisions of Republic Act 10863 or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).
Lapena said the rice shipment was misdeclared as resin.
The fake Casio G-shock watches, and fake shoes were declared as handicraft paper decoration, while the used clothing were mixed with declared bed linens.
The two heavy equipment were seized by the bureau after x-ray produced an image different from the declared machinery parts and accessories.
Lapeña said the consignees violated Section 1400 of the CMTA, Intellectual Property Law, and Republic Act (RA) 4653, which prohibits the importation of used clothing.
An investigation of the Law Division will follow after the seizure of the misdeclared goods to determine the extent of the importers’ liabilities to the bureau. WILLIAM B. DEPASUPIL