MANILA, Philippines - The Bureau of Customs (BOC) filed smuggling charges on Thursday against a Mandaue, Cebu-based trader and her customs broker for allegedly attempting to unlawfully import P30 million worth of float glass from China.
Charged before the Dept. of Justice (DOJ) were CSB Import and Export owner Sanshane S. Barita and her broker, Diorito R. Alberca.
Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon bared that the firm's shipment of 25 twenty-footer container vans of float glass that arrived at the Port of Davao on Sept. 14 were allegedly misclassified as 'Victory Clear Glass.'
After receiving information on the alleged unlawful shipment, Alert Orders were issued and subsequent 100% examination of the shipment was ordered.
Upon joint examination by officers of the bureau's Run After the Smugglers (RATS) division and the Davao District Office, the alleged misclassification was discovered by a glass industry expert also present, Lodem Lascuna of the Federation of Philippine Industries (FPI).
"The consignee and broker of these 25 container vans of float glass obviously wanted to avoid paying the appropriate taxes for their shipment which should have been P 6.76 million... this will be a very costly experience for them as not only will their P30 million worth of float glass be confiscated by the government, they also have to face the smuggling charges we have now filed against them," Biazon said.