THE Bureau of Customs (BOC) Port of Cebu seized P184 million worth of undeclared, misdeclared, and undervalued shipments in September 2020.
In its Facebook page, the BOC-Port of Cebu said Wednesday, October 7, that some of the items were seized through anti-smuggling operations. The items included cigarettes, used clothing and plastic boats.
The total amount of the items seized in September is higher than that of August by P36 million and nearly double than the value of seized goods for June and July, said the Port.
Charlito Martin Mendoza, Port of Cebu district collector, said this increase shows higher efficiency of the port’s anti-smuggling campaign brought about by better coordination, intelligence, and x-ray technology.
“We anticipate an increase in yield of our anti-smuggling efforts because first, we anticipate the surge in smuggling attempts for the Christmas season, and second, business is more difficult these days due to the pandemic,” he said.
He also reiterated his warning to importers not to attempt to violate the law and rather file important documents and declare their goods properly and pay the correct duties and taxes.
Mendoza assured the public that even with heightened campaign against smuggling, the Port of Cebu will ensure that the flow of goods will not only remain unhampered, but will also be more efficient as Christmas season is approaching. (WBS)