SOME P5.5 million worth of imported goods seized by the Bureau of Customs on Thursday and Friday were destroyed in separate facilities in Laguna and Bulacan.
Port of Manila district collector and Bureau spokesman attorney Erastus “Dino” Austria said the move aims to prevent smuggled goods from being sold to the unsuspecting public by unscrupulous traders.
Austria said P4 million worth of imported chocolates and other food stuff on Friday were destroyed at an accredited private facility in San Pedro, Laguna.
The shipment, which was contained in a 4X40-footer vans from the United States and consigned to IT Malingco Trading, arrived last May 15, 2017.
The BoC seized the smuggled items for lack of import permit from the Food and Drugs Administration and for violations of Section 1113 of Republic Act 10863 or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act in relation to Republic Act 9711 or The FDA Act of 2009.
A day earlier, another shipment worth P1.5 million, consisting of used clothings or ukay-ukay, used tires and other abandoned goods were destroyed by the Port of Subic at a private accredited facility in Guiguinto, Bulacan.
Austria added that another group of forfeited goods are set to be dismantled this week in line with the directive of Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña to immediately dispose all seized and abandoned shipments in all the country’s collection districts to free up space in ports and remove doubts that confiscated items were being pilfered or recycled.