BOC-10 seizes P6M onions from China

By : Jigger Jerusalem Mindanao Today/11:41:03am 10/21/2021


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The Bureau of Customs-10 has vowed to intensify its monitoring efforts to ensure that no illegal shipment will pass through the region’s ports undetected after another batch of imported onions estimated to be worth P6 million was confiscated by the agency recently. (Photo courtesy of BOC-10)


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The Bureau of Customs-10 has vowed Tuesday (Oct. 19) to intensify its monitoring efforts to ensure that no illegal shipment will pass through the region’s ports undetected after another batch of imported onions estimated to be worth P6 million was confiscated by the agency recently.

Oliver Valiente, chief of the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) in Northern Mindanao, said the contraband, contained in four container vans, arrived at the Mindanao Container Terminal (MCT) sub-port in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental, on Oct. 5.

He said the Customs got hold of the imported onions from China on Oct. 15.

According to the information provided by the BCO-10, the shipment, which was consigned to South Road Consumer Goods Trading, was declared to contain “frozen malt.”

A frozen malt is a frosted dessert similar to, but usually thicker than, a milkshake.

The shipment was alerted by the CIIS field station “after receiving derogatory information about the shipment which may contain smuggled goods.”

The CIIS together with the Enforcement and Security Services, led by SP/Capt. Abdila Maulana Jr., customs examiner, and Chamber of Customs Broker Inc. (CCBI) representative, fully inspected the shipment at the Designated Examination Area (DEA) and was found out to contain onions.

Valiente said the seized goods will eventually be destroyed after undergoing due process.

He said the consignee will be invited to a hearing and failure to attend the invitation will mean filing of appropriate charges against them.

A warrant of seizure and detention was already recommended for issuance against the smuggled shipment, he said.

“Just like other agri products without phytosanitary permits, the order is to have it destroyed,” Valiente said, adding that the imported product has no clearance from the agriculture department.

He added that per instruction by Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero, all agricultural products that are seized by the BOC are to be destroyed right away so it won’t be sold in the local market.

For his part, John Simon, MCT sub-port collector, said one of his instructions to BOC-10 personnel under his jurisdiction is not to sleep on their job and see to it only legal good can pass through.

“We have been very concerned about these illegal cargoes that enter the MCT and other ports in the region. That’s why we have been monitoring all incoming shipments,” Simon, who is on his third year as MCT sub-port collector, said.


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