The Bureau of Customs (BOC) Port of Davao thru Sub-port in Parang together with the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) and Enforcement and Security Service (ESS), and in coordination with the Philippine Marines, Philippine National Police (PNP) and Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) seized 432 boxes of smuggled cigarettes last December 7, 2020 in Cotabato City.

The shipment was intercepted while entering the country aboard a motorized banca bearing the name Al-Shameem and was at the time plying the Rio Grande river in Cotabato City. The goods were identified to have brands such as Fort, Bravo, Canon, New Berlin, Astro, Famous and Aries with an estimated value of Php 13,188.411.09.

“Through stronger relations with our partner agencies, we have increased anti-smuggling activities that has led to higher rates of seizure on illicit goods in our area of responsibility.” BOC Davao District Collector, Atty. Erastus Sandino Austria said.

A Warrant of Seizure and Detention (WSD) has already been issued against the illicit articles in violation of R.A. 10863 also known as the Customs Modernization and Tarif Act (CMTA).

The Port of Davao reassures the public that the collection district together with its Sub-Ports shall strive to protect the country’s borders in accordance with Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero’s drive to curb smuggling in the country.

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