Bureau of Customs seized P20-B smuggled goods in 2019

Aileen Cerrudo

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has seized a total of P20.58 billion-worth of smuggled goods, mostly counterfeit goods, illegal drugs and tobacco products, in 2019.

The BOC said it was able to apprehend P9.44 billion-worth of counterfeit products, P3.59 billion-worth of illegal drugs, and P2.67 billion worth of cigarettes and tobacco products.

The rest are from agricultural goods (P398.47 million), general merchandise (59.87 million), vehicles and accessories (106.55 million), used clothing (P66.86 million), steel products (P78.59 million), electronics (P21 million), goods and firearms (P815,000), currency (P35 million), and other products (P4.1 billion).

They also said their collection efficiency remains consistent at 95.4 percent.

“The collection in 2019, apart from the efforts of our collection districts, is also attributed to revenue collection from issued alert orders amounting to more than P40.9 million; post clearance audits with more than P2 billion collected revenue, and more than P527.9 billion from public auctions,” the BOC said in its report.—AAC

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