BoC discovers misdeclared items

THE BUREAU of Customs (BoC)-Davao has reported that two local enterprises have misdeclared their shipments.

This prompted the agency to recommend to Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña to issue a warrant of seizure and detention to the shipments consigned to Zainar General Merchandise and G-Joyce Enterprises during his visit at the ports in the region.

The commissioner was at Sasa Port in Davao City and Davao International Container Terminal (DICT) in Panabo City last Friday.

In a statement, BoC-Davao said Zainar General Merchandise, for instance, violated the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act. The firm’s two shipments allegedly had misdeclared items and imported used clothing.

“The first shipment was declared to have 321 packages of various bedsheets, blankets, pillowcases, and carpet. But upon examination, it was found that the contents were mostly used pants, shirts, and jackets,” BoC-Davao said.

The bureau added that Zainar’s second shipment was declared to carry blankets, bedsheets, and pillowcases. It was then found to contain undeclared jackets and shorts.

Apart from Zainar, the bureau found out that the shipment of G-Joyce Enterprises at DICT allegedly contained misdeclared items.

“The container was found to have used clothing included in the shipment, which also violates Republic Act 4653. Used clothing is an illegal import in the Philippines,” BoC-Davao said.

“This is to safeguard the health of the people and maintain the dignity of the Filipinos,” lawyer Erastus Sandino Austria, district collector of BoC-Davao, said in a statement.

The bureau, meanwhile, discussed with DICT for a possible sharing of real-time data to enhance border security and curb the shipment of illegal goods.

“What we really want is this information sharing,” Lapeña said in a statement.

DICT is powered by their Navis N4 terminal operating system that can communicate with the shipping vessels and receive data on where containers are located in the vessel.

The system can also gather data on the types of goods in every cargo, which the BoC is interested to boost its intelligence operations.

“The port of Davao is looking for ways for faster sharing of data with DICT to help in intercepting illegal goods,” Austria said.

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