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BOC seizes fake PPE, medical supplies smuggled from China

Jul 03, 2020 - 7:05 PM

P244 million worth of counterfeit protective wear, medical equipment, and fake medicine claiming to cure the coronavirus manage to get to the Philippines


U.S. must free migrant children from detention, court says

Jun 27, 2020 - 4:37 PM

Two of the country's 3 family detention centers have confirmed cases of the infection, district judge Dolly Gee says in her ruling on June 26

PROTESTING FOR MIGRANT CHILDREN. Protesters march against the separation of migrant children from their families on June 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. File photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP

P150 million worth of car parts smuggled from China seized

Jun 27, 2020 - 2:49 PM

The car parts which came from China, are repacked and mislabeled as 'made in Japan'

SEIZED. P150 million worth of smuggled car parts from China is seized by Philippine authorities during a raid on a warehouse on June 26, 2020. Photo from Bureau of Customs

Customs collects over P487 million from post clearance audits

Jun 20, 2020 - 3:35 PM

Post clearance audits help ensure proper duties and taxes are collected on shipments in compliance with Bureau of Customs regulations, even after the release of shipments

With hotlines hampered, complaints flood PLDT, Globe social media pages

Jun 17, 2020 - 10:26 AM

(UPDATED) With hotlines still undermanned because of the pandemic, users complain on PLDT and Globe's Facebook pages about not being able to get actual human help, slow response, and automated responses that don't address issues


Customs raid warehouses of company ordered investigated by Duterte

May 31, 2020 - 5:24 PM

(UPDATED) The Bureau of Customs says it has been looking into the alleged smuggling operations of Omnibus Biomedical System, Inc. which earned the ire of President Rodrigo Duterte for supposedly selling overpriced medical equipment to government. Omnibus denied the allegations.

Photo courtesy of the Bureau of Customs

BOC implements tax-free importation of PPEs, medical emergency supplies

Apr 01, 2020 - 10:32 AM

Customs Administrative Order 07-2020 will speed up the clearance of tax and duty-exempt importation of urgently needed personal protective equipment and medical goods amid the coronavirus pandemic

MEDICAL TEST KITS. Customs officials check a shipment of COVID-19 test kits at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on March 27, 2020. Photo from BOC

Customs raids Binondo store selling overpriced alcohol, PPE

Mar 27, 2020 - 12:33 PM

The BOC gives the store owners 15 days to present importation documents. The seized items include face masks, gloves, goggles, alcohol, and thermal scanners, which have been sold at much higher prices since the coronavirus outbreak began.

RAID. The Bureau of Customs raided a store in Binondo, Manila, and seized P5 million worth of overpriced personal protective equipment and alcohol. Photo form BOC

Bureau of Customs extends accreditation of stakeholders

Mar 21, 2020 - 6:06 PM

Those whose accreditation will expire are given a month from the lifting of the enhanced community quarantine to submit their application for renewal

To be tax-free, donations must be consigned to DOH, DSWD – Customs

Mar 21, 2020 - 2:32 PM

As an alternative, the agency advises donors to find a consignee that already has a tax exemption certificate

Customs finds P1.1 million in cash hidden in passenger's luggage at NAIA

Mar 07, 2020 - 5:52 PM

A Customs examiner intercepts a passenger from Kota Kinabalu with bundles of Philippine peso bills in his luggage

MILLION PESOS. P1.1 million in cash intercepted at the NAIA Terminal 3 on March 6, 2020. Photo from Bureau of Customs

Military denies soldiers helped syndicates smuggle cash into PH

Mar 04, 2020 - 1:30 PM

It could have been retired servicemen now working for private security companies whom the Bureau of Customs spotted escorting syndicates' couriers at the airport, says AFP spokesperson Edgard Arevalo

AREVALO. Armed Forces of the Philippines Spokesperson Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Police, military 'helped syndicates' bring in P18.7 billion to Philippines

Mar 02, 2020 - 4:45 PM

The Bureau of Customs says couriers of dirty money working for two criminal groups were able to waltz through airport security with police and military escorts


Customs seizes African swine fever-infected pork from China

Jan 25, 2020 - 6:10 PM

All of the container’s contents are to be destroyed and buried at the importer’s warehouse compound after disposal plans are finalized, the Bureau of Customs says

SEIZED. Customs personnel inventory prok products found to be tainted with African swine fever. Photo from Bureau of Customs

DENR, Customs officials face charges over Canada trash

Jan 23, 2020 - 4:55 PM

The National Bureau of Investigation says the officials violated the anti-graft law and the law prohibiting the importation of hazardous wastes

GOOD RIDDANCE. The MV Bavaria, the container vessel hired to ship back the 69 container vans loaded with trash from Canada, is given a "send-off" by Greenpeace activists on bancas in Subic Bay. Photo from Greenpeace

Customs seizes P1B worth of fake cigarettes in Nueva Ecija

Jan 18, 2020 - 3:26 PM

Authorities arrest 20 Chinese and 100 Filipino workers suspected to be behind the illegal operation

FAKE CIGARETTES. These machines cigarette-making machines were seized during a raid in a warehouse in Nueva Ecija, the Bureau of Customs said on January 18, 2020. Photo from the Bureau of Customs

New Customs chief? 'No specific instructions yet,' says Nograles

Jan 10, 2020 - 4:43 PM

'No orders have been issued as of the moment,' says Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, in response to reports that Customs chief Rey Leonardo Guerrero has been replaced by Special Envoy to China William Lima, a Davao-based businessman

BUREAU OF CUSTOMS. The entrance to the Bureau of Customs compound in Manila. Photo by Rappler

French citizen dead in U.S. custody – immigration agency

Jan 02, 2020 - 1:26 PM

A statement from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) identifies the person only as 'a 40-year-old native of Angola and citizen of France'

DEATHS IN IMMIGRATION. Recently-installed "Bollard" style fencing is pictured on the US-Mexico border near Santa Teresa, New Mexico, on April 30, 2019. File Photo by Paul Ratje/AFP

P141-M shabu packed in speakers seized from Pasay warehouse

Dec 18, 2019 - 3:35 PM

Weighing a total of 20.8 kilograms, the seizure is one of the biggest drug hauls of the Bureau of Customs in 2019

Customs NAIA Intercepts Php 141M Worth of Drugs. Photo from Bureau of Customs

RESULTS: November 2019 Customs Broker Licensure Examination

Nov 25, 2019 - 8:01 PM

PRESS RELEASE: 1,166 out of 2,909 pass the Customs Broker Licensure Examination

[OPINYON] Tapaojo: Pagmuni-muni pagkatapos mag-unfriend sa Facebook

Nov 19, 2019 - 3:44 PM

Tapaojo. Ang inilalagay na takip sa mata ng kabayo para maging limitado ang makikita. Ganito ang karamihan sa atin. Bakit nga naman magpapa-stress sa kasalungat ng katuwiran, puwede namang i-customize ang mababasa?

NAIA Customs intercepts P41M worth of shabu from Filipina passenger

Nov 09, 2019 - 7:35 AM

The Bureau of Customs at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport says it intercepted two similar shipments from Cambodia last October

SEIZED. Customs agents at NAIA Terminal 3 show the media the shabu they intercepted from a Filipina passenger who had flown in from Cambodia. Photo courtesy of the BOC

Port of Subic exceeds 2019 collection target by P2.2 billion

Oct 27, 2019 - 12:49 PM

The success comes despite the Philippines halting the importation of meat products from countries where pigs have caught the African Swine Fever

EXCESS. The Port of Subic rakes in income beyond its target revenue for 2019. Photo from SBMA website

Port of Subic recognizes top 20 'revenue contributors'

Oct 19, 2019 - 4:22 PM

The Bureau of Customs inside the Subic Bay Freeport breaches collection targets, thanks companies which contributed to this achievement

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America's endless battle against lethal drug fentanyl

Oct 18, 2019 - 1:05 PM

US authorities have been fighting the drug trade for half a century, but in fentanyl, they are facing the deadliest drug yet

K9 PATROL. An Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) K-9 agent checks automobiles for contraband in the line to enter the United States at the San Ysidro Port of Entry on October 2, 2019 in San Ysidro, California. Photo by Sandy Huffaker/AFP

Indonesian arrested with P54 million worth of shabu at Manila airport

Oct 08, 2019 - 12:23 AM

Authorities intercept more or less 8 kilograms of shabu from the passenger who arrived from Siam Reap, Cambodia, via Flight 5J 528

P35M worth of shabu seized at NAIA, suspect arrested

Sep 30, 2019 - 11:10 AM

The suspect, who was on a Philippine Airlines flight from Hanoi, Vietnam, escapes as customs agents try to check his luggage. He is eventually captured in Tarlac.

Duterte wants to eliminate brokers from customs

Sep 11, 2019 - 8:00 AM

But just how?

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a press conference at the Malacañan Palace on September 4, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Duterte says Faeldon headed to private sector

Sep 10, 2019 - 8:34 PM

The President has said he still believes in Nicanor Faeldon, despite many controversies he was embroiled in

NOT RESIGNING. The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on Good Conduct Time Allowance on September 2, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Nicanor Faeldon's gov't posts and the controversies that trailed him

Sep 06, 2019 - 1:33 PM

Occupying 3 key government positions since July 2016, Nicanor Faeldon has had more than his usual share of troubles

Second day of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on Good Conduct Time Allowance on September 3, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Customs seizes P15 million worth of used mobile phones at NAIA

Aug 24, 2019 - 3:20 PM

The importation of used cell phones and accessories in bulk or for commercial use is not allowed

Customs cleanup: 119 officials face administrative, criminal complaints

Aug 20, 2019 - 12:09 PM

The Bureau of Customs says 27 other officials have been served show cause orders for suspected underperformance and corruption

PALACE MEETING. President Rodrigo Duterte addresses embattled officials of the Bureau of Customs in a meeting in Malacanang on July 18, 2019. Malacañang photo

Ombudsman fires 7 Customs personnel, suspends 1

Aug 19, 2019 - 1:30 PM

One of the sacked Bureau of Customs personnel is connected to a case of smuggled shabu worth P1.8 billion

FIRED. Ombudsman Samuel Martires fires 7 Customs personnel and suspends one for varying offenses.

2 Customs employees hurt in shooting incident in Makati

Aug 17, 2019 - 11:38 AM

(UPDATED) The Bureau of Customs says based on initial reports, the attack on the female employees in Magallanes village 'might have been an attempt to abduct or rob the victims'

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Employees urge Google not to work with U.S. immigration officials

Aug 15, 2019 - 9:40 AM

More than 600 'Googlers' sign a petition prompted by word that US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) was preparing to request bids on a massive cloud computing contract

[2016-12-26] "Googleplex", Google Headquarters, Mountain View, California. Google logo on the office building is in this photo  A By achinthamb

Undocumented Chinese workers arrested, smuggled gadgets seized in Binondo raid

Aug 03, 2019 - 7:46 PM

Authorities intercepted electronic devices such as Apple iPhones, iPads, Mi Brand, and Samsung devices

RAIDED. Allegedly smuggled Apple iPhones were uncovered in a recent raid in a store in Binondo, Manila. Photo from the Bureau of Customs

Appointment of Guerrero aides to key Customs posts questioned

Aug 01, 2019 - 2:11 PM

Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero and a few other Customs officials face graft and usurpation complaints before the Office of the Ombudsman

CUSTOMS CHIEF. Retired military general Rey Leonardo Guerrero replaced Isidro Lapeña as Customs chief. Photo courtesy of BOC

Guevarra orders 'thorough' NBI probe into Customs corruption

Jul 27, 2019 - 3:48 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra directs the National Bureau of Investigation to 'conduct a thorough investigation and case build-up on the alleged graft and corrupt practices in the Bureau of Customs'

CUSTOMS. State auditors flag the Bureau of Customs for unauthorized release of cargoes and for overstaying containers.

After Duterte's SONA rant, Ombudsman probes Customs corruption

Jul 24, 2019 - 3:23 PM

(UPDATED) Customs officials may face preventive suspensions as the investigation progresses, says Ombudsman Samuel Martires

CUSTOMS PROBE. The Office of the Ombudsman launches an investigation into alleged corruption inside the Bureau of Customs. Photo by Rappler

Customs seizes P2-B counterfeit goods in Binondo

Jul 22, 2019 - 8:01 PM

The fake fashion items bore luxury brands such as Armani, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton

FAKE. The Bureau of Customs seizes counterfeit goods inside storage units in Binondo, Manila City. Customs photo

‘All of them will go out’: Duterte renews vow to rid Customs of corruption

Jul 22, 2019 - 6:22 PM

'I do not want them back,' says President Rodrigo Duterte in his 4th State of the Nation Address

TO THE DOOR. President Rodrigo Duterte airs his frustration about cleaning the Bureau of Customs. Malacañang file photo

Duterte to Customs personnel: Resign or face administrative charges

Jul 19, 2019 - 11:07 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte meets with Customs officials and employees accused of corruption a week after he announced that they would be relieved

PALACE MEETING. President Rodrigo Duterte addresses officials of the Bureau of Customs in a meeting in Malacanang on July 18, 2019. Malacañang photo

As U.S. agents prepare to arrest 'thousands,' migrants live in fear

Jul 14, 2019 - 10:27 AM

Thousands of undocumented migrants wait in fear ahead of nationwide raids that could have them expelled from the United States

JUSTICE FOR KIDS. People protest against the upcoming ICE raids and detentions of refugee asylum seekers at a vigil outside the main ICE detention center (background) in downtown Los Angeles on July 12, 2019. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

PH eyes customs strike team vs foreign waste imports

Jul 13, 2019 - 3:25 PM

'As time is of the essence, we hope the Bureau of Customs strike team versus foreign waste imports will be set up soon,' says EcoWaste Coalition

FOREIGN WASTE. The MV Bavaria, the container vessel hired to ship back the 69 container vans loaded with trash from Canada, sails as Greenpeace activists display a banner that reads "Philippines is not a dumpsite" during a protest against waste trade in Subic Bay International Terminal Corp. in Olongapo City, Zambales province, Philippines. Photo from Greenpeace

Trump confirms immigration raids set for the weekend

Jul 12, 2019 - 11:16 PM

'They came in illegally,' Donald Trump tells reporters at the White House. 'They are going to take people out and they are going to send them back to their country.'

IMMIGRATION RAID. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable meeting with conservative leaders at the White House on January 23, 2019. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

PH urges Thailand to comply with customs valuation reforms on cigarette exports

Jul 12, 2019 - 8:09 PM

The World Trade Organization rules in favor of the Philippines a third time in its decade-long cigarette export dispute against Thailand

U.S. to probe alleged abuse of migrant children by border agents

Jul 11, 2019 - 3:50 PM

The US Customs and Border Protection agency, which has faced severe criticism over its treatment of detained migrants, says it takes 'all allegations seriously'

RALLYING. People listen to speakers during a rally on June 22, 2019 in Lawton, Oklahoma to protest the military base, Fort Sill, being used to house 1,400 migrant children. File photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images/AFP

Duterte to dismiss 64 Customs personnel

Jul 11, 2019 - 1:30 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte wants the BOC employees to 'report to Malacañang' as they are investigated for corruption

Outgoing Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena hands over the Bureau of Customs Flag to incoming commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero at the turn over ceremony in Bureau of Customs, Manila. Lapena was given a send off ceremony to bid goodbye to employees. He will be heading to TESDA. PHOTO BY INOUE JAENA/Rappler

Duterte orders freezing of ‘several’ Customs officials, employees

Jul 10, 2019 - 10:39 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says the names of those facing administrative and criminal charges will be disclosed 'at the appropriate time

CUSTOMS. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the 39th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañang Palace on July 1, 2019. Karl Norman Alonzo/Presidential Photo

Thousands of animals saved in global crackdown on wildlife crime

Jul 10, 2019 - 9:26 PM

Interpol says among the animals seized were 23 primates, 30 big cats, more than 4,300 birds, nearly 1,500 live reptiles, and close to 10,000 turtles and tortoises