Operatives from the Bureau of Customs on Thursday seized six 40-footer containers containing smuggled onions worth P12 million at the Manila International Container Port.
According to the BOC, the load of goods from China that arrived at the port on August 14, was declared as fresh apples, and was consigned to ASD Total Packages Enterprises, Inc.
BOC chief Isidro Lapena said the X-ray Inspection Project of the MICP field office obtained a tip about the misdeclared shipment, prompting authorities to issue an alert order against it.
Upon inspection, authorities discovered that each container was loaded with only two layers of apples, concealing bags of onions inside.
The owner of the ASD Total Packages Enterprises, Inc. and customs broker Michael Sumile will be slapped with criminal raps for violating Section 1400 (Misdeclaration, Misclassification, Undervaluation in Goods Declaration) in relation to Section 1113 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.
"I have already ordered for the revocation of the accreditation of the consignee and the customs broker involved," Lapena said.
Also, the suspects would face charges for violating Republic Act No. 10845 (An Act Declaring Large-scale Agricultural Smuggling As Economic Sabotage, Prescribing Penalties Therefor And For Other Purposes) also known as the Anti-Agricultural Smuggling Act of 2016. —LBG, GMA News