MANILA, Philippines - The Bureau of Customs (BOC) seized over P21 million worth of illegally imported used clothes at the Manila international Container Port (MICP).
As part of its intensified efforts to stamp out "ukay-ukay" smuggling, the BOC confiscated five container vans of used clothes that arrived last October to November 2014 from Incheon, South Korea.
Opperatives of the Enforcement and Security Service (ESS) of the Enforcement Group (EG) conducted a spot inspection and found the shipment contained bales of used clothing, instead of items declared in the import entries.
There were 2 shipments declared as 290 packages of blankets while three shipments were each declared as 290 packages of blankets, and bed sheets.
The four container vans were consigned to PJK Expresser Door to Door Corp., SEC Bldg., EDSA, Greenhills, Mandaluyong, which was found to be a bogus company and address.
Another other container van was consigned to Arnel U. Figuerra of 501 East Tower PSC Center Exchange Rd., Ortigas, Pasig. It was also found that Figuerra is not connected with the business establishment actually occupying the address.
The BOC’s Enforcement Group received derogatory information about the five shipments, and issued alert orders.
BOC issued a warrant of seizure and detention on all shipments for violation of the Section 2503 (Undervaluation, Misclassification and Misdeclaration in Entry) of the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines (TCCP) which is penalized under section 2530.
The importation of used clothing is also in violation of Republic Act 4653, prohibiting importation of used clothing and rags.