By Ariel Fernandez
Bureau of Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña on Friday inspected seven containers of carrots and used clothes, shoes and toys worth P3.77 million that were abandoned at the Manila International Container Port (MICP).
District Collector lawyer Balmyrson Valdez has issued a Decree of Abandonment against the subject shipments after the consignees failed to file the entry within the prescribed period.
“The six (6) containers of carrots arrived at the MICP on August 24, 2018 with no filed goods declaration for more than 15 days from the date of discharge of the last package,” said Lapeña.
The Decree of Abandonment against ASD shipments was issued by the Office of the District Collector on October 8, 2018.
The abandoned shipments consigned to ASD Total Package Enterprises, Inc. were declared as fresh apples. However, upon examination on October 10, MICP authorities found boxes of carrots covered by boxes of fresh apples with a total dutiable value of more than P1.97 million.
The consignee violated Section 117 (Regulated Importation and Exportation), Section 1400 (Misdeclaration, Misclassification, Undervaluation in Goods Declaration) of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) in relation to Republic Act 10845 or the Anti-Smuggling Act of 2016.
The shipment containing used clothes, shoes and toys which arrived at the port on September 4, 2018 is consigned to Freccia Prime Marketing Co.
According to MICP District Collector, the goods declaration was filed on September 11, 2018, and was subject to Alert Order No. A/MI/20180911-1149 issued on the same day.
“The consignee declared the shipment as to contain hangers and plastic racks. It was deemed abandoned since the consignee and their broker showed no interest in processing their alerted shipment,” the Commissioner said.
Upon physical examination on October 11, it was found to contain 500 boxes of used clothes, shoes and toys with dutiable value of P1.8 million.
Freccia Prime Marketing Co. violated Section 1400 (Misdeclaration, Misclassification, Undervaluation in Goods Declaration) of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act in relation to Republic Act 10845 or the Anti-Smuggling Act of 2016 and Republic Act 4653 Prohibiting the Commercial Importation of Textile Articles commonly known as Used Clothing and Rags.
The consignees are now facing criminal charges and revocation of Customs accreditation for the attempt to defraud the Bureau of Customs.
“Once again, I am appealing to all traders, to declare the true items and the true value of your importations, otherwise I will revoke your accreditation with the Bureau of Customs and file appropriate charges against you,” warned Lapeña.
The carrots and apples will be disposed of through condemnation, while the used clothes and shoes will be donated to the Department of Social Welfare and Development.