|Online Gadget Store Raided Due to Alleged Smuggled Goods|
Acting on intelligence reports, BOC seized what is said to be high-end gadgets, including those from brands such as Apple, Samsung, ASUS, Sony, Canon, and many others, which are worth millions of pesos.
"Among the items seized were units of iPhone 7 cellular phones, MacBook laptops, Samsung Galaxy S7 series phones, Nexus 6Ps phones, Zenfone 3 Ultra phones, Sony Xperia phones, Canon cameras, tablets and music players, audio accessories, and gadgets for safety and security," the BOC noted.According to the latest BOC statement, Kimstore was selling imported goods that are allegedly smuggled into the country, leading the bureau's agents to seize them all. It was also after the staff working at the store at the time failed to present the necessary documents.
“There are plenty of cases wherein high-end communication and electronic gadgets are smuggled into the country through misdeclaration schemes – a top form of smuggling – used by smugglers to defraud and avoid paying correct duties and taxes to the government," said, Neil L. Estrella, Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS)' Director.
"Kim Store is owned by a certain ‘Francis,’ a Filipino-Chinese businessman in Binondo, who is engaged in selling smuggled items online," BOC stated.Intelligence Officer Joel Pinawin, team leader of the CIIS operating unit, added that before they can fully identify the real owners of the gadget store, they still need to validate some intelligence reports.
Kimstore is currently padlocked along with the seized items inside. CIIS agents are said to be guarding the building.
Source: GMA News Online, ABS-CBN News