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P22.8M smuggled items seized

The illegal shipment was intercepted by the BoC Port of Clark on Thursday, prompting the border agency to inform the CDC of the illegal entry of the goods.

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CLARK FREEPORT — The Bureau of Customs (BoC) Port of Clark revealed that a total of P22.8-million worth of smuggled goods was seized by operatives of the agency and Clark Development Corporation (CDC) inside the Freeport on Friday.

In a statement, CDC president and CEO Manuel R. Gaerlan disclosed that the smuggled items included 3,520 Real Mi C15 mobile phones and a pair of Nike Air Force One shoes.

The illegal shipment was interc epted by the BoC Port of Clark on Thursday, prompting the border agency to inform the CDC of the illegal entry of these goods.

Gaerlan, BoC officials, CDC-Trade Facilitation Division (TFD) head Atty. Noelle Mina Meneses, including the representatives of the consignee and representatives from the Customs Broker Association conducted physical examination of the shipment.

The CDC president noted that the shipment was declared as computer casings with window, 16 inch screen protectors, and multipurpose mini UPS Battery back-up with Lithium Ion Batteries.
The shipment is consigned to Omega Six Global Corporation in Iloilo City.

The findings prompted District Collector Atty. Ruby Claudia Alameda to issue a warrant of seizure and detention to the said shipment as the seized goods were turned over by CDC to BoC for proper disposition.

Alameda said that the taxes of the shipment amount to P2.8 million if it was properly declared.

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