Purported Kim Store Warehouse raided by Bureau of Customs

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Looks like customers of Kim Store would need to wait before they can get their orders, since Bureau of Customs (BOC) just raided a warehouse purportedly owned or used by Kim Store in Tondo, Manila.

The agency acted on intelligence reports that Kim Store sells imported high-end communication gadgets under suspicious importation schemes and processes. The report also indicates that Kim Store is owned by a certain ‘Francis’, a Filipino-Chinese businessman in Binondo. As far as I know, Kim store is owned by Kim Lato and have been featured in TV, Magazines and other digital publication regarding her story.

I reached out to Kim Store for a comment regarding this BOC’s report and will update this article if there are any development.

Here’s the full text of article posted on Bureau of Customs (BOC) website;

Some high-end communication and electronic gadgets worth millions of pesos, all believed to be smuggled into the country, were seized by agents of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) in a building in Lakandula Street, Tondo, Manila on Monday, 30 January.

BOC acted on intelligence reports that an online shop identified as Kim Store sells imported high-end communication gadgets under suspicious importation schemes and processes. Among the items seized were units of Iphone 7 cellular phones, Macbook laptops, Samsung Galaxy S7 series phones, Nexus 6Ps phones, Zenfone 3 Ultra phones, Sony Xperia phones, Canon cameras, tablets and music players, audio accessories, and gadgets for safety and security.

“There are plenty of cases wherein high-end communication and electronic gadgets are smuggled into the country through misdeclaration schemes, a top form of smuggling, used by smugglers to defraud and avoid paying correct duties and taxes to the government,” Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) Director Neil L. Estrella said.

Intelligence Officer Joel Pinawin, team leader of the CIIS operating unit, told Customs Commissioner Nicanor E. Faeldon in an initial report that Kim Store is owned by a certain ‘Francis’, a Filipino-Chinese businessman in Binondo, who is engaged in selling smuggled items online. He added that the staff of Kim Store’s depot failed to present documents for their imported items.

“We are still validating some intelligence reports, and we will fully identify the real owners of Kim Store in the next few days,” Pinawin said in the initial report.

The seized items are now padlocked inside the storehouse of Kim Store in Tondo and tightly guarded by CIIS agents.

“BOC, under my watch, will often conduct raids in warehouses, storehouses, and depots, to combat the malpractice and related crimes, and finally jail perpetrators, once and for all,” Commissioner Faeldon said.

Last modified: February 1, 2017

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