The Bureau of Customs (BOC) – Port of Iloilo seized 478 bales of used clothing with an estimated value of P4.5 million in a storage facility located at Jaro, Iloilo City on August 4, 2021.
Through a Letter of Authority issued by Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero, a composite team spearheaded by Port of Iloilo Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) Field Station Chief, IO1 Lot K. Abordo, in coordination with Enforcement and Security Service – Customs Police Division (ESS-CPD), Customs Border Protection (CBP) -District VI and Barangay Officials, inspected the warehouse facility. The team discovered various bales and sacks of imported secondhand goods or locally known as “ukay-ukay.”
Customs Examiners Jessie D.Nallos, Danielle Marie H. Saludares and Liane C. Galeno conducted the inventory of the seized goods witnessed by the Port’s CIIS and ESS-CPD personnel.
A warrant of seizure and detention has been issued against the apprehended items for violation of Section 118 (g) of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) in relation to RA 4653 which bans the importation of used clothing in commercial quantity to protect the health of the people.
BOC- Port of Iloilo under the dynamic leadership of District Collector Ciriaco D. Ugay remains committed in carrying out the mandate of the Bureau to intensify border protection and control against the entry of prohibited goods in the country.