Customs seized ₱10.6 billion worth of smuggled goods in 2020

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 26) - The Bureau of Customs reported that it was able to confiscate ₱10.629 billion worth of smuggled goods last year.

In a statement, the bureau said it conducted 997 seizures from January to December 2020, as a result of increased intelligence and strengthened examination in ports nationwide.

Imported cigarettes and other tobacco products topped the list of seized items last year, amounting to ₱5.774 billion.

Second on the list were ₱1.855 billion worth of illegal drugs, confiscated with the help of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.

Also seized in 2020 were counterfeit goods worth ₱1.056 billion, undeclared foreign currencies worth ₱32.585 million, and smuggled personal protective equipment, medical supplies, and cosmetics amounting to ₱196.580 million.

Likewise, the bureau also prevented the smuggling of general merchandise worth ₱406.377 million, vehicle and automobile accessories worth ₱356.532 million, and agricultural products worth ₱284.622 million.

The bureau also said it was able to seize ₱236 million worth of foodstuff, ₱168.285 million worth of used clothing, ₱95.174 million worth of electronic products, ₱66.433 million worth of wildlife and natural resources, ₱11.820 million worth of steel products, ₱2.434 million worth of alcoholic beverages, ₱7.280 million worth of jewelry, ₱5 million worth of chemicals, ₱303,000 worth of firearms, and other products amounting to ₱73.949 million.

The bureau said it has also filed 126 cases last year against erring importers and customs brokers. Of this number, 74 were criminal cases filed before the Department of Justice and 52 administrative cases before the Professional Regulation Commission.

It added that 20 customs-bonded warehouses and 40 members of the customs common bonded warehouses were closed for various violations.