Customs files criminal raps  vs 2 importers

Credit to Author: Tempo Desk| Date: Sat, 24 Oct 2020 08:39:50 +0000







boc bureau of customsSmuggling charges were filed against two importers for misdeclaring their food and agricultural shipments that arrived in the country last year, the Bureau of Customs said Saturday.

Through the Bureau’s Action Team Against Smugglers (BATAS), the Customs bureau filed criminal charges before the Department of Justice against the Santo Nino Marketmarket Co. (SNMC) and Navotas Fish Traders Association Market (NFTAM) on October 23.

Charges were filed against Santo Nino Marketmarket Co. for allegedly misdeclaring a shipment containing squid balls, peking duck, and chicken wings at the Port of Manila on June 16, 2019.

“For this reason, one count of violation of Section 1401 (Unlawful Importation) of Republic Act No. 10864 or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) in relation to other sections of the act, Sections 3, 4, and 5 of R.A. No. 10845, known as the Anti-Agricultural Smuggling Act of 2016, and Article 172 in relation to Article 171 of the Revised Penal Code (RPC), is filed against the alleged violators,” the bureau said.

The Navotas Fish Traders Association Market was also charged with a criminal complaint for alleged misdeclaration of shipment of frozen Bonito fish which arrived at the Manila International Container Port in October 2019.

“One count of Section 1401 (Unlawful Importation) of CMTA