Agri Traders Face Criminal Raps over P22.68-M Smuggled Onions, Garlic

In its commitment to combat the smuggling of agricultural products, the Bureau of Customs – Bureau’s Action Team Against Smugglers (BOC-BATAS) filed four (4) criminal complaints against alleged illicit traders of imported onions and garlic from China, amounting to more than P22.68 million.

A criminal case was filed against FLEVO TRADING for the alleged unlawful importation and misdeclaration of four (4) shipments, declared as “Fresh Yellow Onions and Garlic” but were found to have misdeclared weight and over the total allowable importation in their import permits. The shipments have an estimated value of P13,194,368.22. The incident happened on 14 and 16 July 2021, at the Manila International Container Port.

A criminal case was likewise filed against GBJ CONSUMER GOODS TRADING for the alleged unlawful importation and misdeclaration of its shipment, declared as “pastries ingredients” but was found to contain “Onions” with a total value of P1,721,224.03 on 19 July 2021, at the Port of Davao.

Next, a criminal complaint was filed against JDFALLAR CONSUMER GOODS TRADING for the alleged unlawful importation and misdeclaration of three (3) shipments, declared as “cream cheese” but were found to contain “Onions” amounting to P5,178,281.58 on 10 August 2021, at the Port of Cagayan de Oro.

Lastly, a criminal case was filed against PDCC CONSUMER GOODS TRADING for the unlawful importation and misdeclaration of its shipment said to contain “frozen puff pastry” but was found to contain “Onions” on 10 August 2021, at the Port of Cagayan de Oro.

Similar complaints were filed against the customs brokers who processed the importation of the subject smuggled agricultural products. Administrative complaints will also be filed before the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) against the erring customs brokers.

The importers and the customs brokers violated Republic Act No. 10863, otherwise known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA), Republic Act No. 10845, otherwise known as the Anti-Agricultural Smuggling Act of 2016, and other pertinent laws, rules, and regulations.”