27 July 2012

SBMA lauds BOC’s seizure of P43-M smuggled rice

The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) lauded the Bureau of Customs (BOC) following the recent seizure of smuggled rice worth about P43 million at the Port of Subic.

SBMA Chairman Roberto V. Garcia also commended the efforts of both agencies, the BOC and the SBMA, whose joint inspection of 90 units of 40-footer container vans, which supposedly contained construction materials and gypsum boards, led to the discovery of 45,000 bags of rice from Vietnam.

In accordance with a memorandum of agreement between SBMA and BOC, the two agencies decided to conduct a joint inspection since the shipment had been left unclaimed for 30 days and did not have proper documents.

Last July 20, Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon led the confiscation of the said shipment consigned to Masagana Import Export, Inc. of Binan, Laguna and Oriental Tradelink Express, Inc., both of which are not registered Subic Freeport locators.

Biazon said that the Bureau’s accomplishments in its fight against smuggling are the results of their enhanced monitoring of all shipment entering the seaports and airports.

The BOC, for their part, thanked the SBMA in providing assistance during the operations.

Meanwhile, Garcia said that the SBMA is looking forward to a closer coordination with the Bureau in successfully curbing illegal smuggling in line with the government’s thrust in fighting corruption. (FMD/MPD-SBMA)