Security forces intercept P12.6 million smuggled sugar shipment off Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 05 March 2016 13:15

Men of the Joint Task Group Zamboanga and Philippine Navy intercepted late Thursday an estimated P12.6 million shipment of smuggled sugar off  this city.

The confiscation came three days after Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar challenged the Bureau of Customs (BoC) and all law enforcement agencies to put a stop to smuggling activities and run after the smugglers.

Special Agent Orlando Sangid, chief of the local customs police, on Friday said the the Joint Task Group Zamboanga and Navy personnel were on patrol when they spotted a wooden-hulled vessel sailing towards the coast of Barangay Recodo, 14.45 kilometers west of City Hall.

Sangid said the troops found the vessel, M/L Nurhuda loaded with at least 7,000 sacks of imported sugar of 50 kilos each with no pertinent documents.

He said the estimated market value of the shipment is PHP12.6 million. The shipment was believed to originated from Thailand based on the sacks’ markings.

He said the shipment came from Sandakan, Sabah, based on the last port of call of M/L Nurhuda, which has 13 crewmen aboard.

The vessel and its cargoes were turned over to the BoC for appropriate action.

Mayor Salazar who made the challenged to run after smugglers, has deplored the rampant smuggling of domestic sugar from Thailand into this city.

She said the local sugar farmers, who are already suffering from the effects of El Niño, will further lose their livelihood if smuggling of sugar will not be stopped.

Salazar bewailed the local industry is greatly affected since Thai sugar is sold in the local market at PHP1,300 to PHP1,500 per 25-kilo sack against the locally produced sugar at PHP2,600 per 25-kilo sack.