More than 21,000 bags of Thailand refined sugar and over a thousand boxes of firecrackers were seized by the Bureau of Customs on Friday.
BOC Commissioner Rey Guerrero said the smuggled sugar and firecrackers came from Hong Kong and arrived at the Subic Port last March 31 and April 7, respectively.
Both shipments were consigned to JRFP International Trading owned by a certain Danilo Go from Binondo.
The BOC said the P60 million shipment was misdeclared to contain floor mats and plastic floor coverings. Upon inspection, the shipment yielded negative results for illegal drugs.
Guererro said the timing of both shipments is questionable. He also noted no concealment.
“Obvious na talaga 'yung smuggling. 'Yun ang isang bagay na iimbestigahan natin na bakit ngayon ang dating ng shipment,” he said.
The Sugar Regulatory Agency meanwhile assured there has been no shortage in local sugar, and the prices continue to remain steady.
“Kung nakalabas to sa market, malaki epekto nito sa local producers natin na nagbabayad ng tax,” Louie Malagkit from the SRA said.
The BOC said the firecrackers will be destroyed and disposed while the smuggled sugar may be up for auction upon the decision of the BOC and the SRA.