The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Tuesday announced the recent seizure of two containers containing used clothes locally known as ‘ukay-ukay’ worth over PHP7 million at the Port of Manila.
In a report, Port District Collector Michael Angelo Vargas said the shipment consigned to a certain MGGF International Trading Corp. was declared as containing tissue paper and arrived from China on Dec. 29, 2020.
However, an examination of the container revealed that it actually contained used clothes estimated to have a value of PHP7.853 million.
The shipment was seized for violation of Section 1400 in relation to Section 1113 of the RA 10863 also known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).
Vargas added that the revocation of the importer’s accreditation is also being processed.
On the other hand, Vargas assured that they will not allow the entry of illegal and smuggled goods into the country.
He also lauded port personnel for working tirelessly through the holiday season which resulted in the shipment’s seizure
Source: Philippines News agency