Customs seizes P24-M worth of agri products declared as fruits

MANILA The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Thursday seized five shipments containing misdeclared agricultural products estimated to be worth PHP24 million.

In a statement, the bureau said the apprehended goods were declared as fruits such as apples, oranges and pears.

The shipments arrived at Manila International Container Port (MICP) from China on separate dates last month.

It added that corresponding alert orders have been issued against the shipments after examinations conducted by Customs officers revealed that there are discrepancies in the weight and declared value of the shipments.

But X-ray and physical inspection on the shipments revealed that the cargoes also contain agri-products such as carrots, onions and potatoes.

The BOC added that the seized carrots were estimated to be worth PHP15 million, the onions priced at PHP4 million and the potatoes to be valued at PHP5 million.

Four of the five shipments are consigned to Ingredient Management Asia Inc., while the consignee of the other container is Mcrey International Trading.

It noted that the seized goods violated Sections 1400, 1113 and 117 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA), Republic Act 3720 or the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and RA 10845 or the Anti-Agricultural Smuggling Act of 2016.

The MICP has heightened its efforts against the smuggling of agri-products in order to fulfill part of its mandate which is to protect local farmers against unfair competition.

The action also aims to improve its revenue collection. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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