SHIPMENTS from China containing P54 million worth of sugar, misdeclared as steel and other hardware items, were seized at the Port of Manila, the Bureau of Customs (BoC) reported on Tuesday. In a statement, BoC said the sacks of sugar, labeled as Korach-conditioned Refined Sugar, were inside 48 containers that arrived on various dates within August to September. In November, an alert was raised for the shipments consigned to RZTREC and TRACLEF Trading. Following physical inspection, Warrants of Seizure and Detention were issued for violations of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act as well as the Anti-Agricultural Smuggling Act of 2016. The BoC reported that for the year 2019, the Port of Manila has seized P314.506 million worth of misdeclared goods, 17.28% higher than the P268.161 million in 2018.