Olongapo SubicBay BatangGapo Newscenter

Thursday, June 23, 2005

33 tons of used clothing, toys confiscated in Subic

2 shipments come from California


SUBIC BAY FREEPORT—Used clothings and toys worth at least R3.3 million were discovered yesterday inside two 40-foot container vans by Task Force Subic headed by Gen. (ret.) Jose Calimlim during an operation jointly conducted with personnel of the Bureau of Customs (BoC) at the Naval Supply Depot (NSD).

A warrant of seizure and detention (WSD) was issued by District Collector Andres Salvacion who, together with Calimlim, supervised the opening and stripping of the two container vans.

Under an executive order, used clothings are banned importations.

One of the vans, containing 21.9 tons of "ukay-ukay" clothes from San Pedro, California, was consigned to TransWorld Brokerage Corp. with address at Regina Bldg., Escolta, Manila.

Customs appraisers said the wholesale rate for "ukay-ukay" clothing is R5,000 per 50 kilos. This means that the 22 tons of used clothings have a wholesale value of R2.2 million.

The other van was declared in its inward manifest to contain 508 packages of used clothings and other household items, weighing 11.2 tons and worth some R1.1 million.

Salvacion said that the two shipments, although forfeited in favor of the government, cannot be sold at auction, stating that the government would not profit from seized goods.

He added that the goods will be donated to charity organizations catering to the needs of the poor and disaster victims.

The donation will be made only upon the request of government agencies such as the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Office of the President.


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