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Friday, December 31, 2004

Korean firm lands in Subic watch list for smuggling

The Anti-Smuggling Group Task Force Subic has put on its “watchlist” a South Korean firm following the discovery in the afternoon of Dec. 29 expensive, highly dutiable electronics equipment worth millions of pesos which had been misdeclared as two used Delica vans each worth a mere $350.

Task force commander retired general Jose M. Calimlim ordered Raiden International Traiding Corp., be added to the group’s watch list of suspected smugglers because of previous violations of the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines (TCCP).

A certain Manuel Calamayan, who claimed to be a representative of Raiden Int’l. and who witnessed the seizure proceedings, said the van containing the misdeclared goods had been consigned to Minda Valenzuela, whom he identified as the common-law wife of the Korean businessman.

Calimlim informed Francisco Licuanan, chairman of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), that the misdeclared goods had been shipped from Jeonbuk, South Korea on November 3, 2004.

He said the bill of lading showed the container van to be loaded with two second-hand vans and 55 packages of automotive spare parts such as bumpers, spoilers, rear-view mirrors, headlights and engine supports.

But outside of the dilapidated vans, there were no such spare parts. The van instead was full of sophisticated speakers, new television sets, a huge high-definition TV monitor, modern electronic massage equipment, and audio and video amplifiers.

Customs records identified the shipper as the Kunjang Trading Co. located at 501 Ohson Iksan City, Jeonbuk, South Korea.

Collector Zamoranos ordered an inventory of the expensive electronics equipment but a seaport appraiser estimated that the goods could easily be worth not less than R2 million.



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