The Bureau of Customs (BOC) busted a 40-foot container on Thursday at the Port of Manila after the x-ray revealed an image of a payloader and forklift which appeared to be misdeclared.
The shipment consigned to Green Aphelion Marketing with office address at Unit B 1205 Estrada St., Brgy. 762, Sta. Ana, Manila came from China which arrived on February 27.
Documents showed that the exporter is Xiamen XGMA International Trading and a certain Ferdie Alipio of BF Homes, Paranaque was the signing customs broker of Green Aphelion.
Commissioner Isidro Lapena said that after a dubious x-ray image was discovered, 100% physical examination was conducted which verified that the shipment contains a brand new payloader and a brand new forklift which is different from what was declared in the entry which is 11 packages of machinery and parts.
“The owner of Green Aphelion and the signing broker could face charges for duping the Bureau by misdeclaring the actual contents of the container,” he added.
An alert order was already issued by the Office of the District Collector to prevent the release of the illegal shipment while awaiting the issuance of Warrant of Seizure and Detention (WSD) against Green Aphelion for a violation of Section 1400 and Sec. 1401 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act of 2016 (CMTA).
The shipment was valued to be worth more or less P30 million.
“We have already discovered the modus operandi of these smugglers which is why the Bureau of Customs has been continuously seizing illegal shipments. I have instructed POM Collector lawyer Erastus Sandino Austria and lawyer Zsae Carrie de Guzman, our X-ray Inspection Project (XIP) office head to make sure that all our x-rays are functioning and our people are closely checking the images.
“Soon, we will also identify the names of customs employees who are conniving with smugglers so we can weed them out of the Bureau.
“The accreditation of Green Aphelion Marketing and customs broker Ferdie Alipio with the Bureau of Customs has been revoked by the Account Management Office,” said Lapena. BOC