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BOC confiscates P4.7M agri goods

  • The Bureau of Customs seized alleged smuggled agricultural products worth about P4.724 million from a warehouse in Catmon, Malabon City
  • The products were stored in reefer vans used as temporary cold storage
  • BOC has secured the warehouse with temporary seals and padlocks while goods inventory is underway

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) seized on November 11 alleged smuggled agricultural products worth an estimated P4.724 million from a warehouse in Catmon, Malabon City.

A joint operation team inspected the warehouse after receiving information on sightings of possible smuggled agricultural products. Seven reefer vans used as temporary cold storage were discovered, three of which contained broccoli, carrots, red onions, and other imported products; the four other vans were empty.

The team was composed of BOC-Manila International Container Port-Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service, Philippine Coast Guard, Department of Agriculture, National Intelligence Coordinating Agency, Department of Trade and Industry, and Criminal Investigation and Detection Group.

BOC secured the warehouse with temporary seals and padlocks while goods inventory is underway.

BOC earlier said it “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.”

From January to September 2021, BOC seized smuggled agricultural products worth an estimated P523.273 million.

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