Customs seizes P24M worth misdeclared agri-products from China

In its aim to improve revenue collection and protect our local farmers from influx of smuggled agricultural products, the Bureau of Customs – Manila International Container Port (BOC-MICP) today seized five shipments from China containing misdeclared agri-products estimated to be worth 24 million pesos.

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The misdeclared shipments which arrived at MICP on separate dates last month were issued corresponding alert orders after examinations conducted by BOC officers revealed that there are discrepancies in the weight and declared value of the shipments.

Based on x-ray and physical inspection, the shipments which were declared as apples, oranges and pears came out that these also contained carrots, onions and potatoes.

Four of the five shipments were consigned to Ingredient Management Asia Inc., and one to Mcrey International Trading.

The seized carrots were estimated to be worth 15 million pesos, the onions to be 4 million pesos and the potatoes to be valued at 5 million pesos.

MICP has heightened its efforts against the smuggling of agricultural products in order to fulfill part of its mandate which is to protect our local farmers against harsh and unfair competition.

The seized goods will be condemned by Customs since these were not covered by any Phytosanitary permit from the Bureau of Plant Quarantine since agricultural items not covered by these permits may carry plant diseases and pests that can affect our local agriculture.

The shipments seized violated Sections 1400, 1113 and 117 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA), RA 3720 or the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and RA 10845 or the Anti-Agricultural Smuggling Act of 2016. CUSTOMS