BOC seizes P171 million worth of smuggled onions, agriculture products

By RICHA NORIEGA,GMA Integrated News

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) said on Friday they had seized P171 million worth of smuggled agricultural and food products from China.

Personnel from the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) at the Manila International Container Port (MICP) confiscated 20 containers with P171,350,000 worth of smuggled products, including fresh red and white onions, from China.

According to the BOC, the CIIS conducted the series of examinations from December 6 to 22.


The BOC said mantou (steamed buns), frozen food products such as frozen prawn balls, frozen lobster, and crabsticks, as well as udon noodles and fresh carrots, were found in the containers.

The containers were consigned to one company.

Customs Commissioner Yogi Filemon Ruiz said they had been monitoring the activities of the company after receiving information on the real contents of the containers from China. — DVM, GMA Integrated News