Twenty million pesos worth of illegally imported used clothing from Hongkong seized last December 7, 2011 by operatives of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) Operations and Intelligence Office of the Enforcement Group (OIO-EG) would soon be donated to thousands of typhoon Sendong victims in Mindanao .
In the media presentation today of the five (5) forty footer container vans of used clothing that were seized at the Port of Manila for violation of Section 2503 for misdeclaration and Republic Act No. 4653 banning the importation of used clothing, Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon said the importers and brokers of the used clothing, Heritage Asia International Products Trading Corp. and Global Welltrade Trading Co., would soon be slapped with the appropriate charges in court.
“We are starting the year with an even more intensified anti-smuggling campaign and faster filing of appropriate charges against smugglers in court,” Biazon said, adding that, “I would like to start the year then, with a stern warning to smugglers not to mess with the Bureau of Customs or they will have their place in jail, where they rightfully belong.”
For his part, Deputy Commissioner for Enforcement Group Horacio Suansing said the used clothing seizure was effected after OIO-EG officials lawyer Imelda Cruz and Capt. Arnel Baylosis recommended the issuance of the corresponding Alert Orders for the five containers after weeks of surveillance and profiling of said shipment.
“We shall expedite the processing of the seized used clothing to enable us to facilitate its donation and transfer to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for its immediate distribution to the typhoon victims in Mindanao ,” Suansing said.
Global Welltrade Trading Co. was the declared consignee of the four (4) forty footer container vans of used clothing worth P 16 million, while Heritage Asia-International Products Trading Co. was the consignee of one (1) forty footer container van worth P 4 million. Jessil A. Felisario, Public Information & Assistance Division (PIAD), Bureau of Customs