By Betheena Kae Unite
Shipments of beauty products, used clothing, and other various goods worth P66.4 million were intercepted at the Manila International Container Port (MICP) Thursday.
Seven shipments were intercepted through x-ray inspection, Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena said.
Several cosmetic products imported from South Korea were found in two shipments that belong to Skadi Trading. The beauty products are estimated to be worth P50 million.
“At the time of the alert, the importer cannot present the necessary certificate of product registration from FDA, (Food and Drug Administration),” Lapena said.
Further, two containers from China were also seized for misdeclaration, lack of permits, lack of sanitary and phytosanitary import clearance, and for violating Intellectual Property Act of the Philippines. The shipments were consigned to Hepomlan Trading.
Hepomlan, Lapena said, also violated Section 1400 in relation to Section 1113 (Property Subject to Seizure and Forfeiture) and Section 117 (Regulated Importation and Exportation) of the CMTA, Intellectual Property Act of the Philippines in relation to Section 118 (Prohibited Importation and Exportation) of CMTA, and FDA Act of 2009 that led to the seizure of the goods.
The goods imported by Hepomlan were assorted merchandise like fake watches, perfume, cell phone batteries, garments, wallet, glass decors, LED lights, fake bags, calculator, Takoyaki maker, children’s scooter, animal medicine, and flour, estimated at P8 million.
Undeclared boxes of fake G-shock watches worth P2.25 million were also intercepted under the the same importer — Hepomlan Trading in June.
The remaining three containers are consigned to EPAD Freight Fowarders which came from China. The shipments were found to be containing ukay-ukay and used shoes worth P8.4 million.
“We will issue a warrant of seizure and detention against the shipments to prevent its release from the Bureau of Customs custody,” MICP District Collector Vener Baquiran said.
During the first half of the year, the bureau has apprehended more than P3 billion worth of smuggled goods, the Customs chief said. They recently filed criminal charges against the importers and customs brokers involved in the illegal importation of P38-million onions and cigarettes at the MICP.