Yesterday, Customs officials seized five containers of smuggled red onions misdeclared as 'Chinese steamed buns' at Mindanao Container Terminal Sub-Port in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental. The shipment from China, which was consigned to EMV Consumer Goods Trading, arrived at Mindanao Container Terminal Sub-Port in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental on November 13.
A spot check conducted by Customs Examiner Rodil Flancia, with representatives from different government agencies, revealed the presence of smuggled goods inside the containers estimated to be worth P14 million (€252,000). The Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service has requested for the grounding of the 19 remaining containers consigned to the same consignee pending a physical examination.
The Department of Agriculture has warned the public against buying smuggled vegetables from China, saying smuggled goods pose a health hazard.