The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has confiscated some P3 million (€51,000) worth of onions at the Port of Cagayan de Oro. The goods are believed to have been smuggled into the Philippines from China.
Consigned to South Road Consumer Goods Trading, the shipment from China arrived in Mindanao Container Terminal (MCT) Sub-port located in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental. The containers were supposed to contain ‘frozen malt’. Agents from the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service Field Station checked on the imported items based on discrepancy on importation documents which led to the discovery of the smuggled onions on Friday, Oct. 16.
District Collector of the Port of Cagayan de Oro Elvira Cruz commended the vigilance of the customs officers. Smuggled vegetables have been affecting local farmers and the influx of cheap agricultural products in the market has been significantly reducing their incomes.
According to mb.com.ph, a Warrant of Seizure and Detention was already recommended for the issuance against the smuggled shipment. Last month, the Port of Cagayan de Oro destroyed P13.5 million worth of smuggled onions from China.