The Bureau of Customs (BOC) Port of Cagayan de Oro (CDO) recently seized two containers of smuggled onions from China last October 15, 2021. The shipment consigned to South Road Consumer Goods Trading arrived in Mindanao Container Terminal (MCT) Sub-port in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental and was declared to contain “frozen malt.”
However, the shipment was prior alerted by the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS-CDO) Field Station led by IO1 Oliver Valiente after receiving derogatory information about the shipment which may contain smuggled goods.
The CIIS together with the Enforcement and Security Services (ESS CDO) led by SP/Capt. Abdila Maulana Jr., customs examiner, and Chamber of Customs Broker Inc. (CCBI) representative inspected the shipment in 100% physical examination at the Designated Examination Area (DEA) and was found out to contain onions.
Atty. Elvira Cruz, District Collector of the Port of Cagayan de Oro commended the vigilance of the customs personnel against smuggled vegetables which have been affecting local farmers as the influx of cheap agricultural products in the market significantly reduce their income.
A Warrant of Seizure and Detention was already recommended for issuance against the smuggled shipment.
photos by Bureau of Customs CDO