MANILA - The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Tuesday said they seized P54 million worth of refined sugar misdeclared as hardware fittings from China on different dates last August and September at the port of Manila.
The sugar, shipped in 48 containers, was seized for violation of Section 1400 in relation to Section 117 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act, and the Anti-Agricultural Smuggling Act of 2016, the BOC said in a statement.
They had been declared as steel, tek screws, clamps, and nails, among others.
The BOC said the crime of large-scale agricultural smuggling is economic sabotage.
This involves the smuggling of products like sugar with a minimum worth amount of P1 million brought into the country through "misclassification, undervaluation or misdeclaration upon the filing of import entry and revenue declaration with the BOC in order to evade the payment of rightful taxes and duties due to the government."