Customs Clark Condemns Smuggled Peking Ducks, Frozen Goods and Various Chinese Condiments
As part of the relentless effort of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) to prevent illicit trade and customs fraud, the Port of Clark condemned smuggled Peking Duck, meat, fish products and assorted Chinese condiments found in a warehouse located at Brgy. Anunas, Angeles City, Pampanga.
Among the condemned goods include 1,226 cartons of Peking Duck; several boxes of meat products such as Chicken Feet, Hotdog and nuggets; fish and seafood products including Espada, Baby lobster, Crab sticks and octopus tentacles; and various Chinese condiments which were discovered upon implementation of Letter of Authority by the operatives of Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) and examination/inventory by BOC-Clark personnel last June 11, 2020.
The warehouse representative’s failure to provide proofs of payment of duties and taxes on the subject goods led to its seizure last June 17, 2020 and forfeiture last July 3, 2020 pursuant to Sections 224 and 1113 f & l (5) of R.A. No. 10863 (CMTA) and Department of Agriculture Memorandum Order No. 01 series of 2014.
The condemnation activity was attended by the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) Director Orlando Ongsolo, Angeles City Veterinaries Office Head Dr. Allan Gamueda, representatives from Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), AOCG, CIIS and ESS.
Furthermore, Angeles City Mayor Carmelo Lazatin and other members of the Local Government Unit (LGU) also visited the subject warehouse and ordered its closure for violation of Tax Ordinance No. 52 s. of 1999.
District Collector Atty. Ruby Alameda said that the said activity aims to send a strong message to smugglers to stop their illegal business practices, shortchanging the government of the rightful revenues.