Gov’t seizes P4.5M smuggled onions from China
Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Isidro Lapena said his agency seized P4.5-million worth of smuggled onions from China on Monday.
It was contained in three 40-footer containers that were inspected today after x-ray scanning revealed suspicious image different to the declared items that are supposedly inside.
The alerted containers declared as mugs, saucer, and decors, all of which are ceramics, came from China, and arrived on May 22.
It is consigned to Precious Prince Enterprises with office address at 15320-B St. Michael St., San Agustin Village, Moonwalk, Paranaque City and the signing broker is Reymund Ledesma Cigaraya of Batasan Hills.
“These containers were subjected to a non-intrusive inspection by the X-ray Inspection Project (XIP), however, scanned image showed other items that do not correspond to the declaration which are mugs, saucer, and decors,” Lapena said.
“A warrant for seizure and detention will be issued against the P4.5-million worth shipment for violating Section 1400 in relation to Sections 1113 and 1401 of the Customs Modernization Tariff Act,” he added.
Appropriate charges will also be filed against the importer and customs broker involved in the shipment of said containers, while their accreditation with the BOC will be suspended or revoked immediately.