2 firms face raps over P5-M smuggled goods

Philippine News AgencyMay 25, 2021

MANILA – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Tuesday said it has filed smuggling charges against two erring importers and their customs brokers for the illegal importation of over PHP5 million worth of goods.

In a statement, the bureau said it has filed before the Department of Justice (DOJ) last May 21 charges against Allejam International Trading and its customs broker over alleged submission of spurious import documents, misdeclaration, and undervaluation.

This is in connection with the importation of various unassembled assorted bicycles and bicycle parts worth over PHP2.2 million on October 29, 2020.

The respondents purportedly violated Sections 1401(d), 1403, in relation to Sections 1400, 1113 (i), (l [3,4, and 5)], 107, 405, and 412 of Republic Act (RA) 10863 or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) and Article 172 in relation to Article 171 (falsification of documents) of the Revised Penal Code (RPC).

Also facing charges are King’s Empire Asian Marketing Co. and its customs broker for alleged misdeclaration of 986 cartons of fireworks which were declared as tarpaulins, worth over PHP2.8 million at the Port of Manila.

Allejam International Trading and its customs broker are facing criminal charges due to the alleged submission of spurious import documents, misdeclaration, and undervaluation.

Aside from charges for falsification of documents and smuggling, the company and its customs broker are also facing a complaint for violation of RA 7183, which regulates the sale, manufacture, distribution, and use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices.

Administrative cases shall also be filed before the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) against the erring customs brokers.

The BOC has so far filed 36 smuggling charges against importers and customs brokers before the DOJ since the start of the year. (PNA)

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