BOC Operations Yield Smuggled Agricultural and Frozen Food Products

On various operations, elements of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) together with other government agencies seized an estimated value of two million pesos in San Nicolas, Manila, and fifteen million pesos in Caloocan City, both smuggled frozen food products; and smuggled agricultural products in Cagayan De Oro.

On October 15, 2021, the implementing teams for the simultaneous operations in San Nicolas and Caloocan were composed of the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) of Manila International Container Port (MICP), National Bureau of Investigation, and PCG Task Force Aduana.

Upon arrival at the cold storages, a buy-bust operation was immediately conducted. After a positive outcome of the said operation, an inspection of the said facilities was conducted and found more Peking Ducks, and other imported foodstuff.

Since other regulated imported foodstuff was found, a Letter of Authority was then issued by the Commissioner against the owners, representatives, and whoever is in possession of the imported goods found.

Inventory of the imported goods found was led by the customs examiner and was witnessed by CIIS MICP, PCG, and Enforcement and Security Service, and representative/s of the cold storages.

In the initial inventory of the goods in San Nicolas Manila, found were hundreds of boxes of frozen Peking duck, shabu shabu balls, dimsum, mushroom, Chinese sausage, and others. On the other hand, frozen pork, chicken, fish, beef plus pork liver, fish skin, and others were found in Caloocan.

On the same date, two containers that arrived at Port of Cagayan De Oro consigned to South Road Consumer Goods Trading said to contain “Frozen Malt” were inspected and found out to contain onions. The examination was witnessed by the customs examiner, CIIS, and ESS personnel at the MICTSI.

Meanwhile, on October 18 on the same port, another examination of two containers consigned to Glimmer Cape Food Products Trading said to contain seasoning was conducted, resulting in the discovery of onions.

The subject goods shall be subject to seizure and forfeiture proceedings in violation of Section 1113 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.