MANILA - The Bureau of Customs on Monday intercepted nearly P9 million worth of misdeclared fireworks and cigarettes from China.
The two 40-foot container vans containing the contraband arrived in the port of Manila in February and were subjected to an alert order, said Customs chief Isidro Lapeña.
The cigarettes worth P8.2 billion were initially declared as brackets and consigned to Paragon Platinum Int'l Trading Corp. The fireworks, meanwhile, were declared as shoes and consigned to the Power Buster Marketing, he said.
The contraband will be destroyed pending a warrant for seizure and detention, said Lapeña.
Its importers, he said, will face raps for violation of the Customs Modernization Act.
The Customs chief also mentioned that his agency exceeded its revenue target for February by 5.3 percent.
The agency earned P43.9 billion, some P2.2 billion more than its P41.71 billion target, he said citing initial reports from the BOC Financial Service.
Report from Ernie Manio, ABS-CBN News