Customs-CDO foils cigarette smuggling

The Bureau of Customs-Port of Cagayan de Oro has foiled an attempt to smuggle two containers of cigarettes valued at P160 million, after a spot-check examination at the Mindanao Container Terminal Port, PHIVIDEC Compound, Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental on 18 January.

The shipments, which arrived on 16 December 2022, from China, were declared by their consignees as carrying “personal effects.”

The shipments underwent spot-check examination after a joint request from the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS CDO and Surigao Field Station) led by lawyer Justin Geli, and the Enforcement and Security Service CDO led by S.P./Capt. Abdila Maulana Jr.

The spot-check examination, led by the assigned customs examiner and witnessed by BOC officials, PDEA 10, and a Chamber of Customs Brokers Inc. representative, showed that the shipments contained “New Berlin” cigarettes in 2,000 master cases.

District Collector Alexandra Yap-Lumontad immediately issued a Pre-Lodgement Control Order against the subject shipment for possible violation of Sec. 1400 of the R.A. 10863, otherwise known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.

Warrants of Seizure and Detention will be issued against the smuggled cigarettes for misdeclaration.

The seizure is part of the port’s commitment to supporting the priority program of Customs Commissioner Yogi Filemon Ruiz to protect national borders by curbing all forms of smuggling, in line with the directives of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to the Bureau of Customs.

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