SUBIC BAY FREEPORT, Philippines — The Bureau of Customs (BOC) stationed at the Port of Subic seized another container of smuggled cigarettes valued at P46.28 million.
The shipment came from Singapore, and was consigned to Proline Logistics Philippines Inc. a logistics company that's not registered in Subic Bay Freeport Zone.
The B.O.C. also said that the shipment is not on its list of registered or valid importers of cigarettes.
The authorities received derogatory information on the said shipment, which prompted the issuance of a Pre-lodgement Control Order. A total of 1,122 master cases of Marvels Filter Cigarettes declared as fabrics were discovered upon physical examination.
Maritess T. Martin, District Collector of the Port, issued a warrant of seizure and detention against the shipment for violation of National Tobacco Administration (NTA) Memorandum Circular No. 03 and Republic Act No. 10863, or the Customs Modernization Tariff Act.
Last month, the Port seized two shipments amounting to P84.97 million from the same consignee.