MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs filed smuggling charges against importers of a P5 million-worth recreational submarine from Korea.
On Thursday, August 29, the bureau filed a smuggling case agains Caloocan-based trader Roberto M. Navarra and his licensed customs broker Lucman A. Calbe Jr. at the Department of Justice.
In a statement, the bureau said the two tried to illegally slip the submarine into the country by misdeclaring it as “outboard motor parts and accessories.”
It was shipped in via the Manila International Container Port (MICP) last March 12, 2013 as a “complete knock down” unit inside a 40-foot container van. The consignee was Dionysus Trading, a company owned by Navarra.
This brought the smuggling charges the bureau has filed to 102. This name-and-shame campaign aims to reduce illegal shipment of goods in the Philippines and increase customs collections.
The bureau missed its collection targets in the past. – Rappler.com