MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs found smuggled luxury cars, sacks of rice, onions and used clothes stashed in 43 container vans at the Sasa Wharf in Davao on Thursday.
Authorities said the contents of the 40-foot container vans raised suspicion after they passed through an X-ray machine.
They said the items did not match what was declared in the documents.
The bureau discovered that Jexand Trading was named as the consignee of 20 vans containing sacks of rice from Taiwan, which were declared as barite powder.
Yanzen Enterprises, meanwhile, was said to be the owner of 20 vans containing onions declared as pastry ingredients, 2 vans containing luxury vehicles declared as spare parts and 1 van containing used clothes declared as appliances.
The Customs bureau is currently conducting an investigation. -- Report from Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN Southern Mindanao