Several containers with contrabands were confiscated by the Bureau of Customs inside a private wharf in Panabo, Davao del Norte Friday morning, March 10.
Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon personally led the opening of six container vans with contrabands like onions, coconuts, wood pallets, lumbers, and a Mercedes Benz.
The contrabands were discovered inside the Davao International Container Terminal in Panabo.
Anthony Estrella, Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service director, meanwhile lauded the DICT management for their cooperation with the Bureau of Customs’ raid which were conducted from December 29, 2016 to February 10, 2017.
Jamael Marohomsalic, Port of Davao District Collector, said the contrabands were discovered due to their intensified intelligence gathering.
He said they are also monitoring other contrabands in other ports in the Davao Region.
Marohomsalic said they have also identified some of the consignees of the said contrabands and they are now readying the filing of charges against them.
The wood pallets, lumbers and coconuts are supposed to be exported to China while the Luxury car is imported from Belgium. The onions meanwhile came from India.
All were either misdeclared or has no import clearance.
The estimated value of confiscated onions is P2.245 million, Mercedes Benz is placed at P1.888 million, Gemelina lumber is worth P3.04 million, while the rest were not evaluated as of press time.
Estrella urged traders to strictly follow the rules and pay the right taxes to the government as the government is hell bent in running after smugglers.