P4.5-M smuggled onions from China seized at PoM


Agents of the Bureau of Customs (BoC) yesterday confiscated three 40-footer containers containing smuggled onions worth P4.5 million at the Port of Manila (PoM).
BoC Commissioner Isidro Lapeña said the onions were officially declared as mugs, saucers and decorations. But they found out otherwise when the shipment passed through X-ray machines at the PoM.
The Customs chief said the consignee for the confiscated goods was identified as Precious Prince Enterprises with office address at 15320-B St. Michael St., San Agustin Village, Moonwalk, Parañaque City while the signing broker is Reymund Ledesma Cigaraya of Batasan Hills, Quezon City.
The Office of the District Collector has issued an alert order to prevent the release of the shipment. Authorities are preparing charges for violating Section 1400 in relation to Sections 1113 and 1401 of the Customs Modernization Tariff Act against Precious Prince Enterprises.
Lapeña said they are also mulling revoking the accreditation of the importer and the broker involved in the smuggling of the onions.
The agency is also probing if any of its employees was involved in the shipment.

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