BOC confiscates P12.9B in smuggled goods


    THE Bureau of Customs (BOC) confiscated P12.92 billion worth of smuggled goods in the first 10 months of the year, most of them illegal drugs, counterfeit goods, cigarettes, and other tobacco products, the Department of Finance (DOF) said yesterday.

    Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero said the BOC foiled the entry of suspected shabu shipments worth a total of P2.96 billion in three separate incidents while other illegal substances worth P151.74 million were also seized from January to October.

    In a report to Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, Guerrero said the bulk of the goods seized as of October 24 this year were mostly counterfeit products worth a total of P7.81 billion that were intercepted in 14 separate incidents in various ports.

    Cigarettes and other tobacco products valued at P1.69 billion were also confiscated, along with P107.59 million worth of agricultural products, Guerrero reported during a recent DOF Executive Committee meeting.

    Also seized were vehicles and accessories worth P67.25 million; used clothing valued at P54.66 million; steel products, P12.61 million; general merchandise valued at P9.39 million; and other products, P58.2 million.

    Guerrero said that as of October this year, the BOC has filed 20 cases against illegal operations that impeded the bureau’s revenue collections and revoked the accreditation of 160 importers and 20 brokers in line with its anti-corruption campaign. – Angela Lorraine Celis