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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

BOC captures P17.7m smuggled cigarettes

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The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has seized some  P17.7 million worth of smuggled cigarettes at the Port of Davao.

The intercepted items consisted of 15,150 reams of cigarettes, 35 sacks of assorted shoes, and one truck.

The BOC-Davao is set to file appropriate charges against the suspected smugglers for violations of Republic Act No. 10863, also known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).

Acting district collector Maita Acevedo said the seizure was made possible following a tip from a concerned citizen who reported the presence of a suspicious truck in their area.

The confiscated smuggled cigarettes will be destroyed, she added.

The BOC vowed to continue to uphold the rule of law and prioritize protecting the Filipino people from the harmful effects of illicit tobacco products, she said. Vito Barcelo

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