Over 400 pieces of Casio G-Shock watches were seized by NAIA Customs officials. Photo courtesy of Bureau of Customs
MANILA, Philippines - Over 400 pieces of Casio G-Shock watches concealed in balikbayan boxes were seized by Customs officials at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
The 413 pieces of G-Shock watches, worth an estimated P4 million, were found in six balikbayan boxes that arrived from Dubai via cargo carrier FOREX and FILEX Cargo.
The boxes were sent by Jeffrey N. Valencia, Peter Paul Bayani, Winly Dael Duran, Blessie Jao, and Leland Marquez and were consigned to Jennifer N. Valencia, Edward Ochave, Clarisse D. Karingal, Genevieve Ochave, and Edmund Discutido.
The shipments were subjected to an "alert" order by the Bureau of Customs' intelligence group. After a spot check, the Customs officials discovered the boxes contained watches instead of declared personal effects such as chocolates and groceries.
The balikbayan boxes then were seized by NAIA Customs officials for violations of the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines.
"We are closely monitoring all packages coming in or going out of the country. We have received reports that certain individuals are trying to use various cargo forwarding companies to try and smuggle items into the country," said NAIA District Collector Edgar Macabeo.