A NON-government organization (NGO) in the country’s sugar industry lauded the Port of Manila (POM) for taking appropriate measures that resulted to the confiscation of P54-million worth of refined sugar from China.
The recognition from the Sugar Masterplan Foundation, Inc., came after the POM, headed by Coll. Arsenia Ilagan, took decisive action that resulted to the confiscation of the imported sugar loaded on 48 container vans and which arrived between August and September this year misdeclared as assorted ‘hardware’ products.
BoC spokesman, Atty. Jett Maronilla, who joined Ilagan during the media presentation yesterday, identified the consignees as, RZTREC and TRACLEF Trading.
Maronilla said that aside from the filing of charges for violation of customs laws, those behind the shipment are to be charged with the more serious case of “economic sabotage” or “large-scale smuggling” of agricultural products, which is a non-bailable offense under RA 10845.
The names of those behind the foiled smuggling attempt were not disclosed to the media however.
Ilagan added that to date, the POM has already seized more than P314 million worth of misdeclared shipments, which is more than 17 percent higher compared to the more than P268 million worth of misdeclared shipments her port seized last year.