MANILA — As the Bureau of Customs (BOC) beefs up border security efforts, the Port of Subic (POS), in coordination with the Department of Agriculture (DA), intercepted container shipments of smuggled agricultural products.
Port of Subic District Collector Maritess Martin issued Alert Orders against the shipments of Veneta Consumer Goods Trading and Lalavy Aggregates Trading, which originated from China.
A physical examination was conducted on Dec. 6 with the presence of BOC officials and personnel led by Martin, and DA representatives, led by Assistant Secretary James Layug, with Shirley P. David of the Bureau of Plant and Industry -Plant Quarantine Service Region 3.
Also present were representatives from the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Chamber of Customs Brokers, Inc.
The examination revealed that the 1×40’ shipment of Veneta Consumer Goods Trading, declared as assorted foodstuffs, contained Frozen Carrots.
Moreover, the 2×40’ shipments consigned to Lalavy Aggregates Trading, declared as Frozen Lobster Balls and Crabsticks, were found to contain Fresh Red & White Onions.
The Port of Subic will issue Warrants of Seizure and Detention (WSD) against the shipments after the conduct of a complete examination and inventory.
The consignee allegedly violated DA Administrative Order No. 18 series of 2000, DA Circular No. 4 series of 2016, and Section 1400 in relation to Section 1113 (f) of Republic Act (RA) 10863, otherwise known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).
In compliance with the marching order of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and as instructed by Commissioner Yogi Filemon L. Ruiz, District Collector Martin vows to continue to implement policy measures and intensify enforcement operations to deter and prevent the smuggling of agricultural products, especially since that holiday is fast approaching.
(Kiara Lauren Ibanez/BC/ai/mtvn)