Coast Guard intercepts P120M worth smuggled rice in Zamboanga
Eagle-eyed officials of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) busted this illegal shipment.
The PCG has recently turned over the custody of a ship and its cargo to the Bureau of Customs after authorities discovered that the vessel was loaded with imported rice, minus the needed permits and clearances.
In a statement, the bureau said the PCG discovered a ship that was suspiciously docked on Licum Banks in Zamboanga. Upon inspection, the ship apparently contained 60,000 sacks of rice said to be worth P120 million, which are believed to have been smuggled from Vietnam.
Initial investigation showed that the ship did not have safety certificates, shipping documents, and an import permit. It is now being held at the Port of Zamboanga.
“The owner of the ship and the cargo will face smuggling charges for violating CMTA (Customs Modernization and Tariff Act) and Anti-Agricultural Smuggling Act,” Customs Commissioner Isidro Lape?a said in a statement.