Subic port seizes P93M worth of smuggled cigarettes

As part of the Bureau of Customs’ (BOC) commitment to preventing the entry of illegal and smuggled goods into the country, the BOC through the District Collection Port of Subic on July 01, 2020, seized three 40-foot containers containing various smuggled cigarettes.

The shipments declared as LED lights came into the country.

The discovery of numerous master cases of many cigarettes followed the conduct of an X-ray and physical examination of the containers.

The BOC seized an estimated 3,100 master cases estimated to have a value worth P93,090,000.00.

District Collector Maritess T. Martin issued a Warrant of Seizure and Detention (WSD), and the consignee of the shipment is now subject to further investigation for the possible violation of National Tobacco Administration (NTA) Board Resolution No. 079-2005, NTA Memorandum Circular No. 03, Series of 2004, concerning Sec. 1113 (f) of RA 10863 otherwise known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).

Inventory proceedings ascertain the volume and amount of the shipments.

In her statement, Port of Subic Collector Martin commended the men’s efforts and women of the Port.

She further assured the public that the Port should remain committed to its mandate of border protection in line with the directive and guidance of Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero.