MANILA — As part of the Bureau of Customs’ (BOC) drive to curb smuggling, the Manila International Container Port (MICP), through the Port’s Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS), X-ray Inspection Project (XIP) and Enforcement and Security Service (ESS) on June 28, 2021 seized smuggled onions worth P10 million.
Through the issuance of a Pre-lodgment Control Order (PLCO), the two shipments consigned to E. Austero Merchandising which originated from China and declared as ice cream were subjected to non-Intrusive and 100% examination.
The examination conducted by examiners of Section 1A of MICP’s Formal Entry Division and witnessed by MICP District Collector Romeo Allan R. Rosales together with the Port’s Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS), X-ray Inspection Project (XIP) and Enforcement and Security Service (ESS) revealed the presence of red onions which were concealed in Ice Cream Containers.
The seized items were estimated to have a market value of P10 million. A Warrant of Seizure and Detention (WSD) was issued against the shipment for violation of Section 1113 in relation to Section 1400 of Republic Act (RA) 10863 also known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).
In his statement, MICP District Collector Romeo Allan R. Rosales reiterated the Port’s commitment to prevent the entry of all illegal goods including Agricultural products which are meant for human consumption and do not have the necessary permits to ensure the safety of such items.
As the importation of food items remains a priority to ensure food security in the country, MICP remains committed to curb smuggling of unsafe food items under the direction of BOC Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero. (Kiara Lauren Ibanez/BENJAMIN CUARESMA/AI/MTVN)