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Valenzuela warehouse yields P9M smuggled agri products

  • The Bureau of Customs seized smuggled agricultural products worth about P9 million from a warehouse in Valenzuela City
  • Found in the warehouse owned by Morehouse Marketing were 8,000 sacks of red onions and other agricultural products such as ginger, carrots, and mung beans
  • Warrants of seizure and detention will be issued against the agricultural products once inventory has been finished

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has seized smuggled agricultural products worth an estimated value of P9 million during an inspection at a warehouse in Valenzuela City on October 8.

Found in the warehouse owned by Morehouse Marketing were 8,000 sacks of red onions and other agricultural products such as ginger, carrots, and mung beans, BOC said in a statement.

The inspection was carried out by a joint team from Manila International Container Port-Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service and Philippine Coast Guard Task Force Aduana.

Warrants of seizure and detention will be issued against the agricultural products once inventory has been finished in accordance with Section 1113 (Property Subject to Seizure and Forfeiture) of Customs Modernization and Tariff Act and with existing regulations of the Bureau of Plant Industry.

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 June 2021, BOC seized smuggled agricultural products worth an estimated P244.361 million.

BOC and the Department of Agriculture (DA) recently forged an agreement to implement a new set of measures aimed at curtailing the entry of smuggled agricultural commodities.

READ: DA, BOC adopt new measures to curb agri products smuggling

On October 8, BOC and DA agreed to strengthen “second border” inspections and create a technical working group to review the 15-year-old guidelines and procedures on handling imported food items.

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