BOC files smuggling raps vs importer, broker of sugar

THE Bureau of Customs (BoC) has filed smuggling charges before the Department of Justice (DOJ) against several individuals for illegal importation of more than P6 million worth of sugar from China. Charged were importer Godfrey T. Ta-oc, owner/proprietor of Lucky Sapphire Trading with office address at Stall B-22 Merwin Mart 3065 F.B. Harrison Street Brgy. 076 Pasay City; licensed Customs broker Arjay T. Dizon; and several others who acted as conspirators in the illegal act. Records show that the shipment, loaded in nine 20-foot container vans, arrived at the Port of Manila from China. They were misdeclared as steel tubes for scaffolding. The cargo has an approximate aggregate value of P6,237,174.78. Customs Commissioner NicanorFaeldon said the respondents willfully, knowingly and unlawfully imported into the country the refined white sugar thru the use of false documents and without the required valid Sugar Regulatory Agency (SRA) clearance. “You cannot do that! Hindi na kayo makakalusot [You won’t get past us anymore].