P60-M smuggled sugar, firecrackers seized in Subic Freeport

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FOILED SMUGGLING TRY. Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero (left) and Port of Subic district collector Maritess Martin (right) inspect part of the P60-million confiscated smuggled refined sugar from Thailand which arrived in Subic early this month. Photo by Ruben Veloria

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT- The Bureau of Customs-Port of Subic yesterday seized some P60 million worth of smuggled refined sugar and firecrackers worth P60 million.

Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero said the confiscated goods arrived from Hong Kong on March 31 and April 7, respectively, and was consigned to JRFP International Trading.

A warrant of seizure and detention was issued against the shipment on April 12.

Port of Subic district collector Maritess Martin said the shipment, composed of 21,760 bags of Thailand refined sugar and about 1,000 boxes of assorted firecrackers, was  in 34 units of 40-footer containers but was misdeclared as floor mats and plastic coverings.

Guerrero and Martin lauded the law enforcers from Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority and the BoC-Subic for a job well done.

Guerrero ordered the immediate revocation of the Customs accreditation of both the importer and customs broker and charge them for violation of Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.

“If this sugar was successfully smuggled, it will severely affect our local sugar industry,” Guerrero said.

The BoC head said the confiscated sugar will be processed and bidded while the firecrackers will be disposed after proper documentation.