BOC Siezes P123.2 Million Worth of Illegal Thai Rice in Cebu

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) seized a rice shipment from Thailand worth P123.2 million that was illegally brought into the Philippines but uncovered by the BOC inside a Vietnamese vessel docked in Talisay City, Cebu. last May 28, 2017.

A total of 3,080 metric tons of Thai rice was reportedly confiscated inside MV Kung Min according to the reports released by the BoC Cebu.

Verne Enciso Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service-Cebu Officer-in-Charge disclosed that a reliable information provided an information provided on March 31 about the foreign vessel's illegal unloading of cargoes in Pooc, Talisay.

Based upon the information, it was disclosed that the vessel did not undergo inspection at the Cebu International Port (CIP). Due to the discovery of the illegal rice shipment, Cebu District Collector Elvira Cruz said that they immediately issued a warrant of seizure and detention (WSD) against the shipment.

Through the issued WSD, the alleged rice consignees, whose names are withheld, will be summoned by the BoC for seizure and forfeiture proceedings.

The BoC added further that the failure to submit documents and permits before the vessel's arrival constitutes "prima facie" evidence that they are trying to deceive the Philippine authorities.

The Customs officers assigned in Cebu also stated that failure to submit pertinent documents will also allow the BoC to forfeit the rice and the vessel in favor of the government, and will be subject for a public auction.

Once the illegally imported rice from Thailand will be auctioned, the BoC said, it can cost about P200 million.

Here's Some Photos of the Seized Cargo Ship:

Source: Tempo / PIA

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