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Cigarette smugglers strike again

BUREAU of Customs Cebu team, including a police dog, that intercepted P88.1-million worth of smuggled cigarettes from China. PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF BOC CEBU

Smuggled cigarettes from China valued at P88.1 million were intercepted anew by the Bureau of Customs (BoC) Cebu.

Elements of the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) in Cebu now have in their possession two 40-foot container vans consigned to GRR Trading, the same importer that brought more than P140-million worth of misdeclared cigarettes last month.

The first container yielded 851 master cases of Mighty cigarettes and the second container had 911 of Mighty, Fort and Marvel brands.

CIIS, Customs Enforcement and Security Services and X-ray Inspection Project teams conducted a coordinated profiling analysis on the shipments after Cebu Customs district collector Charlito Martin Mendoza issued the pre-lodgement control orders against the shipments on 28 August 2020.

Mendoza then issued a warrant of seizure and detention order against the shipments for violation of Republic Act 10863 or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act, on 2 September.

Meanwhile, BoC Cebu reported it surpassed its target revenue collection for August.

The total August collection reached P2,744,908,530.01 as against the target of P2,238,890,000 or a surplus of P506 million at 22.60 percent positive deviation.

“We attribute this accomplishment to the men and women of the port who remain dedicated despite the challenges brought by the pandemic. Intensified control measures against undervaluation, misdeclaration and other forms of technical smuggling played a big role in the positive outcome of the port’s collection performance,” Mendoza said.

He added that the port will remain steadfast in its commitment to hit the collection targets for the remaining months of 2020.

From January to August, BoC Cebu has already collected P19.647 billion, with a surplus of P1.935 billion or 9.84 percent.

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