Cagayan De Oro Seizes Remaining Smuggled Onions Declared As “Chinese Steamed Bun”; Solon Commends BOC

Bureau of Customs-Port of Cagayan de Oro (CDO) resumed the spot-check inspection of 19 remaining containers consigned to EMV Consumer Goods Trading on Nov. 22, 2021, at MICTSI container yard in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental.

Following the receipt of derogatory information from the Intelligence Group that the shipment may contain smuggled goods, Oliver Valiente, Chief of Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service CDO Field Station requested District Collector Atty. Elvira Cruz to conduct a spot-check inspection against the shipment resulting in the discovery of the smuggled goods.

During the initial inspection of the said shipment last November 18, five containers of the same consignee were positive of smuggled red onions declared as “Mantou” also known as Chinese Steamed Bun.

Valiente said the 19 remaining containers also revealed red onions which have no Sanitary and Phytosanitary Import Clearance from the Department of Agriculture hence considered as smuggled goods and are unsafe for consumption. The haul has now a total worth of 67.2 million pesos.

CIIS CDO already requested Cruz the issuance of Warrant of Seizure and Detention against the shipment.

Meanwhile, Rep. Argel Joseph Cabatbat of Magsasaka Party-list who filed House Resolution No. 2282 to investigate vegetable smuggling in the country lauded the Bureau of Customs Collection District X for the intensified operations against smugglers which already has an estimate of 160 million pesos worth of smuggled red onions seizure from August to November this year.

Cruz vowed to continue the port’s intensified fight against smuggling thru the cooperation of other vital government agencies to protect the farmers and the local marker from smuggled goods.