Customs seizes P12-million in smuggled onions at Manila port


Posted at Sep 06 2018 05:32 PM

Customs seizes P12-million in smuggled onions at Manila port 1
Customs officials found onions in a shipment declared as apples at the Manila port on August 14. Handout

MANILA - The Bureau of Customs (BOC) seized P12 million worth of smuggled onions from China at the Manila International Container Port (MICP), the agency said Thursday.

The contraband was found amid soaring prices of vegetables, including onions and other staples, as inflation quickened to a new high in almost a decade. 

Hidden in 6 containers, the onions were misdeclared as apples and arrived at the port last Aug. 14, the BOC said.

The BOC said the shipment, which was consigned to ASD Total Packages Enterprises Inc, contained 2 layers of apple cartons on the front but was filled with bags of onions inside.

"I have already ordered for the revocation of the accreditation of the consignee and the customs broker involved," said Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña in a statement. 

The firm's owner and customs broker Michael Miranda Sumile, who processed the shipment, will face smuggling charges, the BOC said.