The Sugar Alliance of the Philippines would like to thank the Sugar Anti-Smuggling Organization for catching sugar smugglers, Manuel Lamata, United Sugar Producers’ Federation of the Philippines president, said yesterday.
“We would like to thank the SASO for catching smugglers importing sugar into the country. We pray the BOC (Bureau of Customs) will finally file cases against these people,” he said.
Lamata said SAP is composed of UNIFED, the National Federation of Sugarcane Planters, PanayFed and the Philippine Sugar Millers Association.
The Confederation of Sugar Producers is no longer a member of SAP, he said.
The BOC announced Thursday that eight containers of smuggled sugar estimated to cost P4.4 million were seized at the Port of Manila on Wednesday.
The seized sugar, that arrived at the South Harbor on August 30 from China, was consigned to RZTREC Trading, a BOC report said.
The shipments were declared to contain steel coils, but the Customs Examiner found Korach Conditioned Refined Sugar, it added.*
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