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Phillipines customs seizes smuggled veg at Port

Customs seized more than P20 million worth of carrots and onions at Port of Subic in its continuing crackdown against smuggled agricultural products.

BOC Commissioner Yogi Filemon Ruiz said the intercepted agricultural products arrived in the country on Dec. 1 and were misdeclared as other products which bolstered the intelligence reports that the items were part of smuggling activities.

In coordination with the Department of Agriculture (DA), Ruiz said the items were inspected on Dec. 6 at the Port of Subic over reports of the misdeclaration of items inside two container vans reports

The operation came amid the continuous rise in the price of onions and other agriculture products. Last year, local farmers were forced to throw away thousands of peso worth of carrots, tomatoes and other agricultural products due to the abundant supply of imported products.

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