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BOC seizes smuggled onions declared as margarine

December 05, 2021 - Sunday 4:12 PM by Aira Miranda

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Two containers of smuggled red onions were seized anew by the Bureau of Customs (BOC)-Port of Cagayan de Oro (CDO) in the Mindanao Container Terminal Sub-Port in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental, on Wednesdday, Dec. 1.
The shipment, which came from China was labeled as "margarine" and was consigned to Humility Trading Company.
Following the receipt of intelligence information regarding the smuggled shipment, Oliver Valiente, Chief of the CIIS CDO, requested that Atty. Elvira Cruz, District Collector of the Port, issue an Alert Order against the shipment.
Physical examination by the Customs Examiner, witnessed by representatives of CIIS, ESS, XIP, CCBI, and PDEA-10, revealed that the shipment labeled "margarine" was actually smuggled red onions without Department of Agriculture Sanitary Phytosanitary Import Clearance.
The onions, valued at approximately P6,000,000, will be subject to the issuance of Warrant of Seizure and Detention (WSD).
Since August of this year, the Port of CDO has stepped up its anti-smuggling efforts against agricultural products, seizing P200 million worth of smuggled onions.