BoC, DA seize smuggled onion from China
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said an information received by the Department of Agriculture (DA) on a huge smuggling operations of Bulb Onions from China resulted in the seizure by the Bureau of Customs (BoC) of 17 containers filled with onions worth P30 million in the Manila International Container Port (MICP) yesterday.
The successful operation witnessed by brokers, the media, DA officials and ICTSI personnel did not come easy, Piñol said.
“Customs Commisioner Isidro Lapeña and I had to wait in the MICP for about four hours before the containers were opened. Each of the 17 containers had about 30-35 metric tons of Onions which has a market value of about P30 million,” Piñol said.
The 17 containers were consigned to Skyrocket Marketing, Epitome Trading and Kagiwa Marketing all with Manila addresses.
The value of the smuggled onions is over the threshold set for economic sabotage, a non-bailable offense.
Piñol said he received the information on the smuggling attempt last week and immediately directed Undersecretary Ariel Cayanan to be on alert.
Lapeña himself personally led the Customs team, which proceeded to the MICP to conduct the operation.