The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has lodged smuggling charges against three importers that brought in an accumulated P12.2 million worth of general merchandise and regulated chemicals last year.

The filing of criminal charges, which included those against the customs brokers involved in the importations, was facilitated by the Bureau’s Action Team Against Smugglers (BATAS). The actual filing took place at the Department of Justice (DOJ) last April 8.

A criminal case was filed against Jobadec International Trading for the alleged importation of various intellectual property-infringing and counterfeit merchandise last November 1, 2020, at the Manila International Container Port (MICP). The total value of the said goods amounted to P729,730.14.

Another criminal case was filed against CWON-Pampanga Motors Trading Inc., this time for the alleged misdeclaration of a 40-footer container of various general merchandise with a total value of P2,756,271.65. The alleged violation was committed on November 26, 2020, at MICP.

A separate criminal case was also filed against Agility Solutions Inc. and its customs broker over the alleged unlawful importation of regulated chemicals costing P8,870,127.56 on October 22, 2020, also at MICP.

The customs brokers involved in the alleged illegal importations will also face administrative cases before the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

From January 1 to April 8, 2021, the BOC has filed 24 criminal cases against various importers and customs brokers. (MB)