BOC-9 tightens restrictions on cargoes, goods

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Dec 17 (PIA) – The Bureau of Customs (BOC)-9 with the law enforcement units of anti-smuggling campaign conducted three major condemnation of counterfeited cigarettes here as part of the stringent restrictions imposed in the Zamboanga City Port.

BOC-9 Senior Police Captain Leonard George Carillo revealed this during the recent 4th Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) meeting.

"We are really strictly monitoring the port and imposed certain restrictions to check on the cargoes if those are properly documented,” the Senior Police Captain said during the 4th RPOC meeting this month.

In line with the Bureau’s mandate to strengthen the border protection to prevent entry of illegal goods, the BOC-Port of Zamboanga leads the destruction of some millions-worth of smuggled cigarettes which were seized in different anti-smuggling operations this year in Zamboanga Peninsula, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-tawi area.

"We have successfully destroyed smuggled cigarettes and other illegal goods which were apprehended during the conduct of our inspections,” Corrillo added.

The illegal goods are believed to come from Malaysia and Indonesia.

The aggressive anti-smuggling campaign, as well as the immediate disposal of such contrabands is a firm directive of the BOC Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero that resulted to the seizure of more than 2.2-Billion pesos worth of illicit commodities for the period of January to November 2020.

Record showed, the counterfeited commodities were cigarette/tobacco, cigar raw materials, BIR Documentary Stamps and Rice and Sugar with estimated value of P 661,478,750, P 350,000,000, P 1,100,000,000 and P 7,358,500 respectively, reaching a total of P2,118,837,250-worth of contrabands for the year 2020.

The BOC-9 District Collector Segundo Sigmundfreud Barte Jr. credited this achievement to an efficient inter-agency coordination with the Bureau’s partner agencies “for the support and active cooperation in BOC’s anti-smuggling campaign.”

The condemnation ceremonies were witnessed by the representatives from the Local Government Units, heads of partner law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders.

"We are now moving towards improving customs,” SP/Capt. Corillo disclosed.

The three major destruction and disposal of prohibited goods and cigarettes were held, respectively last May, September, and December 2020. (RVC/JRA/PIA9-Zamboanga City)



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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