SOME P34-million worth of smuggled sugar was ordered seized on Friday by the Bureau of Customs (BOC).
The shipment had no importation permit from the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA).
It was loaded in twenty four 40-footer container vans and misdeclared as vacuum flasks, plastic tumblers, kitchen wares, slippers, plastic tumblers, combs, chessboards, plastic cases, children’s bikes, plastic chopsticks, sunglasses, plastic trays, paper cups, toothbrushes, storage boxes and articles of clothing such as shorts, socks, caps and trousers, among others.
The goods, which were consigned to Blue Chelsea and Real Enterprises, arrived at the Manila International Container Port from Beijing, China.
Sugar is classified as regulated product.
All other products under such classification need a permit from SRA, National Food Authority and other concerned government agencies.
“After conducting 100 percent examination, we found thousands of sacks of imported Thai sugar concealed behind boxes of items declared in the manifests like plastic tumblers, vacuum flasks, among others, strategically located in front of the container van[s]to hide [their]true content[s],” a Customs report said.
Last month, the BOC also seized eight 40-footer container vans of illegally imported Thai sugar from Real Top Enterprises.