Customs slaps raps on submarine smuggler


Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Ruffy Biazon on Thursday, led other customs officials informally charging Caloocan City-based trader Roberto Navarra and his licensed customs broker Lucman Calbe Jr. at the Department of Justice (DOJ) for their attempt to smuggle a recreational submarine worth P5 million from Korea.

In a statement, Biazon said that Navarra and Calbe violated Sections 2503 and 2530 of the Tariffs and Customs Code of the Philippines as amended, and Article 172, in relation to Article 171 and Article 183 of the Revised Penal Code when they tried illegally slip the recreational submarine into the country by misdeclaring it as outboard motor parts and accessories at the Manila International Container Port on March 12.

The submarine shipment from Korea was consigned to Dionysus Trading, a company owned by Navarra.

Biazon also noted that the BOC’s regular filing of cases against suspected smugglers, which is done every other Thursday will bring the message to all traders that attempting to circumvent our customs laws will only get them in trouble.

“It won’t pay to try to save on duties and taxes through smuggling as the Bureau of Customs will never allow that,” Biazon said, adding that, “We will prosecute and go for the maximum penalties allowed by law for all those caught attempting to violate our laws.”

Navarra’s submarine shipment arrived as a complete knock down kit stuffed in one 40-footer container van.


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