TAGOLOAN, Misamis Oriental -- At least, 32 container vans have been placed on hold, following the issuance of an Alert Order from the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) of the Mindanao Container Terminal (MCT) headed by Samson Pacasum, Customs Collector, here.
The 32 containers arrived at the Mindanao Container Terminal (MCT) from Korea last week of June with total value declaration estimated to reached more than P4 million.
The CIIS at the MCT, under Alvin Enciso, transmitted the issued Alert Order on suspicion that some of the 32 container vans contain used clothing, locally known as "ukay-ukay".
Of the 32 container vans, 18 have already been opened for inspection as of Tuesday, July 14, and, at least, three of them have been found positively contaning used clothing (ukay-ukay), a source from the MCT said.
The inspection is being done in coordination with the Assessment Division at the MCT headed by Nash Guro.
Marvin Mison, MCT chief of staff, said the items declared in the 32 vans are shoes, blankets, comforters, caps, bags and blankets.
"All the 'ukay-ukay' items found inserted in the vans will be confiscated," Mison said.
"They will be disposed off to agencies, like the DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development), and for relief operations," Mison said.