THE Bureau of Customs (BOC) under Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon has scored a significant accomplishment in its anti-smuggling campaign with the confiscation of P20 million worth of smuggled rice from China.
Faeldon, in a statement, identified the consignee as ‘RPR International Trading based in Sta. Cruz, Manila. The BoC chief said he has already ordered the suspension of the consignee’s accreditation with the bureau.
The shipment loaded in 12 x 40-footer vans, was misdeclared as ‘leatherette’ and arrived at the Port of Manila last August.
However, it was only alerted by Faeldon’s ‘Command Center’ last October 4 with the actual opening of the shipment done yesterday in full view of the media.
The inspection revealed that all containers carry thousands of sacks of rice, but none with the declared material.
Faeldon said the apprehension showed they are making sure that smugglers won’t get away with their nefarious activity.
The customs chief added he is looking at the possibility of donating the seized rice to government agencies tasked to distribute relief goods to victims of recent typhoons.