The Bureau of Customs (BOC) seized a vessel with P261 million worth of smuggled sugar on board at the Port of Batangas on Saturday, January 14.
The “MV Sunward” was loaded with 4,000 metric tons of Thailand white refined sugar, the BOC reported Monday.
The vessel arrived in the Philippine contiguous zone without a Notice of Arrival as prescribed by existing customs laws, rules, and regulations, it said.
Based on the information provided by the Sugar Regulatory Administration, the cargo had no import permit. The sugar was packed in 80,000 bags, the BOC said.
District Collector Ma. Rhea M. Gregorio immediately issued a Warrant of Seizure and Detention.*