The Bureau of Customs-Port of Cagayan de Oro (BOC-CDO) recently raided a warehouse located along Corrales Extension, Barangay Puntod, Cagayan de Oro City last October 22, 2021 and seized an estimated Php 5 million worth of smuggled onions.

A team led by Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS-CDO) Field Station Chief Oliver Valiente together with representatives from BOC Enforcement and Security Service (ESS-CDO), Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine National Police and barangay officials were acting on an intelligence report that the subject warehouse contained imported agricultural products.

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In a press release, BOC-CDO stated that during the initial raid, the warehouse gates were found to be already closed and no warehouse representatives were found prompting the team to seal the gates until further physical examination.

The team returned the following day and conducted an inspection of the subject facility this time in the presence of the warehouse representative which further revealed the presence of imported agricultural products such as garlic, onion, mung beans, carrots, and other assorted imported goods.

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The respondent were given fifteen (15) days to present necessary import documents otherwise, the agricultural products shall be subject to seizure and forfeiture proceedings under Section 224 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act. However, sacks of red onions with an estimated value of PHP 5 million were seized after the Department of Agriculture verified that it has not issued an importation permit for the red onions, hence, they were considered to be smuggled goods and will be recommended for the issuance of a Warrant of Seizure and Detention.

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In the meantime, the warehouse was sealed and activities within the area will be put on hold until the compliance of clearances of other imported agricultural products found inside.

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photos by BOC-CDO

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