At the port of MisOr, customs seizes P20-M worth of imported red onions.
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) and its intelligence division recently discovered imported red onions at the Mindanao Container Terminal (MCT) sub-port in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental, with an estimated value of PHP20 million.
During the Christmas season, the price of red onions in the local market rose to as much as PHP500 per kg at the time of the seizure.
The head of Northern Mindanao’s Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS), attorney Justin Roman Geli, claimed in a Monday interview that contraband from China was mistakenly declared as bread and pastries.
According to a report from the CIIS, an inspection of an alerted shipment bound for Asterzenmed Inc. with the BL numbers SITTARCD1460239 and SITTARCD145254 and container numbers TLLU1127887 and OTPU6548034 declared as bread and pastries “found positive to contain undeclared onions.”
According to Geli, the two container vans contained roughly 50,000 kilograms of red onions. On December 21, it arrived at the MCT, and it seized that same day.
He stated, “We have already asked for a warrant to be issued for the shipment’s seizure and detention.
A pre-lodgement control order was issued against the imported cargo, according to BOC-10, after a combined request from the CIIS and the Customs Enforcement and Security Service.
Lumontad issued a harsh warning against dishonest people who try to cheat the government out of legal income.
He declared that despite the approaching holiday season, “we would not let our guards down against agricultural smuggling, which impacts our tax collection for not just the government coffers but also our local farming economy.”
In order to comply with the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act and Department of Agriculture regulations, warrants of seizure and detention were issued against the cargoes for misdeclaration.
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