Customs intercepts smuggled rice cargo in Cebu

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MANILA, Philippines—The Bureau of Customs has seized P10 million worth of smuggled Taiwanese rice, misdeclared as slabs of wall insulators, at the Port of Cebu.

Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon flew to Cebu City on Wednesday to inspect the 20 container vans filled with the illegally imported rice which he said were consigned to the firms ARFG Trading and Cargo Facilities Services and JBD Trading, both located in Mandaue City.

In a statement, Biazon said, “The consignees of the smuggled rice will not only be blacklisted but they, along with their brokers, will also be charged in court.”

“We will never allow violators of the country’s Customs laws, particularly those involved in the illicit importation of rice, to be left unpunished. We shall, as much as possible, apply the full force of the law if only to protect the interests of local farmers,” he added.

Biazon said his bureau will “strongly pursue our anti-smuggling campaign until it hurts smugglers the most.”

The seizure of the Taiwanese rice shipment “should serve as a warning to traders who may be contemplating illegally importing rice,” he said.

Biazon cited the operatives of the bureau’s Intelligence Division under Deputy Commissioner Danilo Lim who were behind the discovery and seizure of the illegally imported rice.

Lim said the shipment arrived at the Cebu port two weeks ago.

The seizure of the illegal shipment was the “result of the Intelligence Group’s enhanced monitoring and intelligence work to curb smuggling and generate more revenues for the government,” Lim noted.

Lim added that the bureau “will never compromise the interest of the government and local farmers to smugglers. We shall enforce the law against the smuggling of rice and other agricultural products.”

Last August, the bureau made its biggest seizure of illegally imported rice with a record haul of P450 million worth of Indian rice at the Subic Freeport in Zambales. Earlier, it confiscated a shipment of smuggled Vietnamese rice valued at P200 million at the same port.

In September, the BOC seized 94,000 bags of rice illegally imported from Vietnam. The shipment was worth over P200 million, according to the agency.

According to Biazon, the bureau has “undertaken aggressive preemptive moves against smugglers, particularly on the illegal importation of rice and other agricultural products.”

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GHISNHUCPTLWUPYQ5PIUXYPSLA biloy

    two thumbs up

  • tagatabas

     Job well done, congratulation to all involved.

  • WeAry_Bat

    Congrats.  But just the same, have rice checked with FDA.  For all we know, it could be Chinese rice repacked at those countries.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VJSCQD7VXYX6Z5O2TLGGN3FQLQ jun c

    VIVA BOC!

    great job and don’t tire pressing your teeth to menace of the economy.
    but these confiscated smuggled goods must be distributed to the poorest of the poor and not just rot in the warehouse.

  • Love God

    Good job! 

    Follow the straight path for a corrupt free Philippines!

  • go88

    taiwanese (chink) rice shipment …. and the brokers are ….

  • Jarred Pulido

    clap clap clap m/

  • MangDolphy

    Kudos to Biazon and Lim. Ano kaya ginawa doon sa daming bigas na kinumpiska? Puede ba bigyan na lang ng bigas ang mga benepisyaryo ng 4Ps? At ang mga Barangay Elementary Schools lalo na dito sa amin sa Iloilo, halos lahat may 25% – 33% ng pupils severely wasted o wasted (malnourished). Kahit isang sako lang every quarter may lugaw na mga bata sa almusal (lagyan lang ng knorr cubes at malunggay nutritious na. Maraming bata sa mga eskwelahang ito ang umaalis ng bahay sa umaga at pumapasok na di man lang nakaka pag almusal. Papaano papasok ang kaalaman sa utak kung walang laman ang tiyan? Bayaan na lang mag smuggle ang mga negosyante na yan ng bigas. Kumpiskahin na lang lagi at ipakain sa mga batang nagugutom. Di ba OK yon?

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