Cellphone smuggle try at NAIA foiled

August 24, 2019

ALERT Bureau of Customs officers manning the warehouse of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) intercepted some P15 million worth of smuggled slightly used cellular phones without clearance from the National Telecommunication Commission (NTC).

Following the confiscation Samsung Philippines yesterday thanked the Customs officers stationed  at the premier airport’s warehouse for curbing black market sale of used cellular phones without NTC clearance to import.

“We thank you for supporting us, the legitimate importer in the Philippines, for   intercepting some 825 pieces of used Samsung phones in different series from South Korea,” Samsung said.

Port of NAIA district Collector Mimel Talusan said the P15 million worth of cellphones and other gadgets including lithium batteries were illegally transported from Korea and arrived on July 16 this year.

The contraband was placed in 19 boxes and declared as used cellphones in two separate shipments and stored in the warehouse near NAIA terminal 1 without necessary import permit and clearance from NTC

Customs officer Ronald Moreno said some of the smartphones are Samsung S10 plus, Samsung S9 plus, Samsung S10, Samsung Note 9, Note 10, LG smartphone, Samsung A5, Samsung A7 and iPhone 8 plus.

Included are accessories like Samsung earphones and Apple airpods.

Talusan said that per verification with the NTC, “used callphones are not given permits except for those intended for personal use or as gifts for family members or relatives, but not in commercial quantity or use.”