MANILA - Several units of laptops, mobile phones, and other gadgets worth millions of pesos were seized from the warehouse of online shop Kimstore in Manila, the Bureau of Customs said Wednesday.
The items were seized based on intelligence reports that the store sells imported high-end communication gadgets under suspicious importation schemes and processes, the agency said.
“There are plenty of cases wherein high-end communication and electronic gadgets are smuggled into the country through misdeclaration schemes, a top form of smuggling, used by smugglers to defraud and avoid paying correct duties and taxes to the government," said Neil Estrella, director of Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service.
Among the items seized were Apple iPhones, Macbook laptops, Samsung Galaxy S7 series phones, Nexus 6Ps phones, Zenfone 3 Ultra phones, Sony Xperia phones, Canon cameras, tablets, audio accessories, and security gadgets.
Kimstore's staff failed to present documents for the imported items during the raid conducted on Monday, Janaury 30, Customs intelligence officer Joel Pinawin said.
“We are still validating some intelligence reports, and we will fully identify the real owners of Kimstore in the next few days,” he said.
The seized items will be kept inside the warehouse pending investigation.
ABS-CBN News is trying to get the statement of Kimstore officials as of posting.