MANILA — The Bureau of Customs – Intelligence Group (BOC – IG) and the Manila International Container Port (MICP) uncovered various agricultural products worth Php 4,750,000.00 on Wednesday, 29 September 2021, in Tondo, Manila.
The seizure stemmed from an operation targeting the sale of imported agricultural products in Tondo, Manila. Through close coordination with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the local Barangay, the agents acted on the operation against the area, posing as a buyer of imported agricultural goods.
After successfully identifying the subject three (3) market stalls, BOC operatives proceeded to Carmen Planas Street and Bilbao Street in Tondo, Manila, armed with Letters of Authority (LOA) and Mission Orders (MO) issued and signed by the Customs Commissioner.
Upon inspection, BOC operatives found various imported carrots, garlic, broccoli, red & yellow onions, and ginger inside the stalls. The operation resulted in the confiscation of an estimated Php 4,750,000.00 worth of various imported agricultural products after the stall owner failed to present proof of payment of duties and taxes and the corresponding import permit during the inspection. The market stalls have been sealed and placed under Customs custody as the Bureau conducts further inventory and investigation.
The Bureau of Customs strongly denounces the fraudulent importation of agricultural products and consistently implements efforts to intensify its border protection measures to assure the safety of the consumers.
(Kiara Lauren Ibanez/BENJAMIN CUARESMA/AI/MTVN)