Firm charged for smuggling wood, steel products from China

by Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 15 2014 02:23 PM | Updated as of May 15 2014 10:23 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Bureau of Customs (BOC) filed smuggling charges with the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday against a firm allegedly engaged in the illegal importation of imported wood and steel products from China.

Sun Ford Trading and its owner, Mae Espino, and customs broker Arnel Asuncion were charged for the alleged illegal importation of six 40-foot container vans of plywood and four containers of galvanized iron wires from China last January.

The shipment, with an aggregate cost of P8.95 million, arrived in two separate instances at the Port of Manila.

Customs Commissioner John Sevilla said the products did not go through mandatory product certification from the Dept of Trade and Industry of Product Standards (DTI-BPS), and were not issued Import Commodity Clearances.

Sevilla futher pointed out that Sun Ford is not a registered Philippine Standard License holder for any products covered by the mandatory certification requirement, and did not apply for an ICC Certificate for any imported product.