BOC seizes P2M in Korean ‘ukay-ukay’ at Misamis Oriental port
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY—The regional office of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) seized bales of used clothing, known locally as ukay-ukay, worth at least P2 million and shipped from South Korea to the Mindanao Container Terminal (MCT) in the town of Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental province.
Cris Angelo Andrade, BOC regional information officer, said the 400 bales of used clothing was consigned to a company named Humility Trading and arrived at the MCT last Oct. 13.
The BOC’s Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) examined the shipment on Oct. 16 following an alert order issued by John Simon, regional BOC collector, for the shipment for possible smuggling.
Andrade said the shipment was declared as blankets, pillow cases and toys but Customs officials “found used clothing.”
Andrade said Republic Act No. 10863, or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act, barred the misdeclaration, misclassification or undervaluation of goods being brought into the country and subjected these contraband to seizure and forfeiture.
He said commercial importation of used clothing had also been prohibited by Republic Act No. 4653 which declared it national policy to prohibit the commercial importation of textile and textile materials to safeguard national health.
Andrade said the BOC had already recommended issuance of warrant for seizure of the shipment after an inventory of the seized goods.
After forfeiture of the goods, the items will be destroyed and the consignee stripped of its permit to import, according to Andrade.
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