January 25, 2017
Intelligence agents of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) stumbled upon a cache of smuggled boxes of imported sex vibrators and other sex enhancement products as the goods were being unloaded from a container parked on a street in Quiapo, Manila last month.
Included in the cargo worth an estimated P15 million were karaoke amplifiers, bales of rice, electronic products and other merchandise from China.
Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon said agents of the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) were conducting a routinary inspection in the area when they spotted men unloading cargo from a container on Padilla Street.
The shipment was misdeclared as ‘polybags and consigned to Elsprocon Trading with a business address in Binondo, Manila. The importer also failed to show an import permit from the Food and Drugs Administration
The other seized cargo likewise lacked the necessary import documents and was also grossly misdeclared. According to CIIS Intelligence Officer Joel Pinawin, the importer only paid the undervalued amount of P72,702.03 in duties and taxes.
Supported by agents of the National Bureau of Investigation, the BOC-CIIS team coordinated its efforts with the help of barangay and Manila city government officials as well as the Philippine National Police.
COL. NEIL ANTHONY L. ESTRELLA
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