Customs seizes P50-M agri products

September 11, 2009 11:04 am 

MANILA, Sept. 11 – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) seized more than P50 million worth of smuggled farm produce and poultry products in separate raids conducted in July to August.

Customs Commissioner Napoleon Morales said the contraband, ranging from several containers of onions, ginger, and potatoes, were apprehended at the Port of Manila (PoM) and Manila International Container Port (MICP) from Korea and Hong Kong.

The items were misdeclared as mattresses, flavoring materials, and gift items.

The BOC also confiscated a container of chickens and Peking ducks from China.

Johnny Martinez, CIIS PoM officer-in-charge, said the shipment was declared as assorted grocery items and consigned to United Container Lines but upon the spot-checking, it was found to contain frozen fish in two layers that concealed the Peking duck.

The Customs bureau also inspected 667 bags of onions which originally came from Tondo, Manila and 816 bags of onions from different stalls in Divisoria which were transferred to Security Warehouse 159.

Other agricultural products stored in 159 were 1,304 bags of red onions, 1,507 bags of white onions, and 509 bags of ginger which were transferred from Warehouses 1103, 1104, 1106, 1108, and 1110 in Binondo, Manila.

Morales said that the seizure was part of the continuous campaign of the bureau against smuggling of agricultural products.

The bureau will coordinate with the Department of Agriculture for the proper disposal of the goods after the formal seizure proceedings are conducted. (PNA)

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