The operatives of the Bureau of Customs (BoC) confiscated P215-worth of smuggled goods and a ship at the Cagayan de Oro Port at Barangay Macabalan, Cagayan de Oro City.
In an article from Manilatimes.com, Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña said that the confiscated goods were suspected to be originated of either prohibited and misdeclared imports or without any pertinent documents for importation.
On the other hand, the M/V Jake VIncent Seis was blocked after BoC found out that it was plying international destinations such as in the BIMP-EAGA (Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines-East Asian Growth Area) diverging from its original routes that are only limited to different places within the Philippines.
Officer-in-Charge of the Customs Intelligence and Investigations Service in Cagayan de Oro City, Alvin Enciso, said that the ship was carrying 1,450 metric tons of copra while faking documents to lure authorities into believing that it was a cargo ship when it was held by the BoC last September 8.
Enciso added that the Maritime Industry Authority revealed that the permit of the ship to operate at the BIMP-EAGA route was fake.
Enciso and his team has also confiscated more than P5 Million worth of used clothing from Japan and was consigned to Kornet Express Inc.
Another operation resulted to the uncovering of a number of steel ethylene cylinders from China that were sealed inside a 21-foot container. The shipment was worth P1.5 Million and was falsely presented as aluminum ethylene cylinders consigned to Linde Philippines (South) Inc.
Also, two 40-foot containers concealed two dismembered truck vehicles that was consigned to Ghulam Traders International Corporation from Japan with a total amount of P3 million.
It was also included in the operation of the BoC that P5 million worth of red onion cargo consigned to Govgen Agri Products International was confiscated with no pertinent documents for import to show.