Smuggled G-Shock watches confiscated

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

THE Bureau of Customs (BOC) has seized 400 pieces of Casio G-Shock watches concealed in balikbayan boxes at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

Various G-Shock watches of commercial quantity totaling 413 pieces with an approximate street value of P4 million pesos were concealed inside six balikbayan boxes that arrived from Dubai via cargo carrier FOREX and FILEX Cargo, the BOC said.

The boxes were sent by Jeffrey N. Valencia, Peter Paul Bayani, Winly Dael Duran, Blessie Jao, and Leland Marquez and were consigned to Jennifer N. Valencia, Edward Ochave, Clarisse D. Karingal, Genevieve Ochave, and Edmund Discutido.

The shipments were subjected to alert order by the BOC's Intelligence Group based on derogatory information.

Upon the conduct of spot-checking, it was found out that the contents were watches instead of declared personal effects such as chocolates or groceries, the BOC said.

Hence, the boxes were seized by airport Customs officials for violation of Section 2530 paragraphs E, F, I, and L of the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines, it said.

"We are closely monitoring all packages coming in or going out of the country. We have received reports that certain individuals are trying to use various cargo forwarding companies to try and smuggle items into the country," said NAIA District Collector Edgar Macabeo.

"These smugglers will now have difficulty in their illegal operations with our continued vigilance against these scalawags," he added. (SDR/Sunnex)

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