Manila, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs recently filed three (3) criminal complaints before the Department of Justice (DOJ) involving P86 million worth of misdeclared smuggled goods.
The first case is against JANTHEARA TRADING INTERNATIONAL for the alleged misdeclaration of an estimated 2,500 bags of imported onions amounting to P3,315,350.96 last May 17, 2021 at the Port of Davao.
The second case is against DENIAN DRY GOODS TRADING for its alleged misdeclaration of 343 cartons of Union cigarettes, 588 cartons of Astro American Blend cigarettes, and 32 cartons of laptop table worth P50,770,685.44 on September 18, 2020 at the Port of Cagayan de Oro.
The third case is against MICASTAR CONSUMER GOODS TRADING involved in the alleged misdeclaration of P33,191,648.77 worth of copy paper, insulators, chairs, bricks, and cigarettes on May 2, 2021 at the Port of Manila.
The licensed customs brokers who processed the importations of the three (3) importers are facing similar complaints.
Both the importers and the customs brokers purportedly violated several provisions of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) and other applicable laws.
The cases filed were through the initiatives of the Bureau’s Action Team against Smugglers, Port of Davao, Port of Cagayan de Oro, and Port of Manila.