MANILA, Dec. 6 — The Bureau of Customs through the combined efforts of the offices of the X-Ray Inspection Project (XIP) and BOC-Port of NAIA intercepted various food supplements, dietary drink supplements, and one-time-password (OTP) devices on two separate occasions in November at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
On November 9, 2018, customs agents uncovered 170 bottles of food supplements and 2 boxes of dietary drink supplements estimated to be worth $8,000 or P400,000 at the PAIRCARGO warehouse in NAIA. The imported goods lacked the required importation permit from the Food and Drug Administration under the Department of Health.
The parcel which arrived on board Korean Air Flight No. KE621 yielded suspicious image upon x-ray scanning, prompting the on-duty x-ray inspector to tag it with “X” mark for verification. Upon physical examination, customs examiners found hundred bottles of food and dietary supplements consigned to Dr. Vigilanda M. Solijun of Misamis Oriental. It was sent from California, USA by a certain Bernie F. Manansala.
Another baggage was intercepted at the NAIA Terminal 3 on November 16, 2018 from a passenger onboard the Cathay Pacific Flight No. CX907 after it was found to contain 58 pieces of one-time-password (OTP) devices.
OTPs are used in committing cybercrimes and other bank frauds using online bank transactions.
A certain Hu Tiewei with passport number EE6026013 was identified as the owner of the intercepted items.
According to XIP agents, the baggage showed image irregularities during the x-ray scanning. And when it was examined, customs agents found 58 pieces of OTP devices concealed in two small boxes of biscuits.
Charges will be filed against the owner for importing OTP devices which is a violation of the Republic Act 8484 or the Access Device Laws, and Republic Act 10863 also known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.
The supplements and OTP devices are now in the custody of the BOC-NAIA for proper disposition.
Meanwhile, continuous upgrading and procurement of the BOC facilities remain among the bureau’s top priorities. Last month, San Miguel Corporation (SMC) donated four mobile x-ray screening units to the Bureau.
The donation comes in to aid the Bureau in its campaign to guard the country’s borders and to eradicate smuggling. The units will also contribute in the improvement of trade facilitation.
The donated units are Rapiscan Mobilecheck 636SV Mobile X-ray Screening Units and are built for baggage and parcel scanning. One unit has been deployed to Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) while the remaining machines will be deployed in the ports of Clark, Cebu, and Davao. (BOC)
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