The Bureau of Customs has conducted a series of inspections at several sugar warehouses suspected of smuggling amid the country’s sugar production deficit, Customs Commissioner Yogi Felimon Ruiz said.
The inspections followed reports that previous import permits had been reused to bring in new consignments to exploit the current high demand for sugar.
Ruiz ordered Customs Director Jeoffrey Tacio to lead the inspections and lead an investigation into the matter.
“The shipment from Thailand was covered by a special unloading permit and a single office-verified administrative document and had a verified authorization from the Sugar Regulatory Administration,” Tacio said.
It was supposed to be launched at 11am on August 18 as it had clearance from both the BoC and the SRA, but was put on hold.
The BoC will refer the warehouses in Caloocan and Marilao, Bulacan to the Department of Commerce and the SRA for possible violations.