By: April Therese Tan
The Bureau of Customs-Port of Cebu seized on Friday drums of “misdeclared” sodium hypochlorite known as “chlorine” worth P1,479,915.70.
Based on the examinations conducted by BOC personnel, the examination yielded 21,577 kilograms of “chlorine” contrary to the declaration that the shipment contained calcium carbonate.
The misdeclaration would have resulted in the loss of P199,241.06 in duties and taxes.
In a statement posted in their Facebook post, BOX-Cebu District Collector Charlito Martin R. Mendoza immediately issued a Warrant of Seizure and Detention against the shipment after finding probable cause for misdeclaration in violation of Section 1113 (F), (I), and (L-3, 4, & 5) in relation to Section 1400 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.
Under the leadership of Commissioner Yogi Filemon L. Ruiz, the Port of Cebu remains steadfast in its commitment to curb smuggling committed by importers to evade payment of the correct amount of customs duties and taxes due on their importations.