The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Wednesday, September 11 discovered Php 53 million worth of vegetables from China after a consignee misdeclared the value of the imported agricultural products.
In a statement, the Bureau of Customs-Port of Manila (BOC-POM) said that on August 8 the Shinerise Trading Service declared the shipment as Fishballs, popular street food in the country which costs around Php 2,542,882.
It also noted that the importation process was handled by a Customs broker named Johnna Philippian Cristobal Aceveda.
During the inspection, it was found out that the actual shipped goods were carrots and onions amounting to Php 20 million each; broccoli worth around Php 10 million; and potatoes worth around Php 2.5 million.
BOC-POM added that a warrant of seizure and detention was served to the consignee on September 4 over its possible violation of Section 1400 (Misdeclaration, Misclassification, and Undervaluation in Goods Declaration) in relation to Section 1113 (Property Subject to Seizure and Forfeiture) of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.
Earlier this month, BOC also seized Php 700,000-worth of smuggled rice in the Port of Zamboanga.