Customs seizes 10 containers of smuggled onions

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 30 2011 05:38 PM | Updated as of May 31 2011 05:15 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Bureau of Customs has seized 10 containers of smuggled onions with retail value of P16 million in a storage facility in Bulacan.

The onions, which weighed a total of 260,000 kilograms, came from China and India, Customs Commissioner Angelito Alvarez said.

The seizure was on top of the eight other containers of white and red onions that were confiscated by bureau authorities in Davao on Sunday.

Alvarez said they have yet to establish the identity of the consignee of the Bulacan shipment, but the warehouse where they were found belonged to Tianlong Trading.

Tianlong Trading failed to present evidence of payment of duties and taxes relative to the importation, he added.

Meanwhile, the seizures would alleviate the upward pressure on onion prices, benefiting local growers, Customs said.

Alvarez said these were "a welcome development" for the market that has long been complaining of unfair competition from imported onions.