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P33-M misdeclared goods seized

By Betheena Kae Unite

Nine container vans of various misdeclared goods worth P33 million were seized in two major ports in the country during on-the-spot ground inspections.

The shipments containing rice, houseware, vape, makeups, fake branded shoes, ukay-ukay, office chairs, and wheel rims were seized at the Port of Manila (PoM) and Manila International Container Port (MICP), according to the Bureau of Customs.

The seized shipments, Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña said, came from China and arrived on separate dates. The shipments were consigned to IT Malingco Trading Corporation, Abundanceprime Chemicals Trading Corporation, Archerson Trading, Sto. Nino Marketing, and Fastworth Marketing.

The signing customs brokers are Erlinda Dumalaog, Mohammad Salman Cosain Amerol, Christian Lao, Christine May Burlaza, and Henry Ferrer, respectively.

“We will continue the ground inspection to remind the importers that we are serious in our campaign against smuggling.

They have to correct their ways and stop the rampant misdeclaration and undervaluation and as it defrauds the government of its rightful revenues,” Lapeña said.