During night of February, 18, 2023, police, coast guard, and Bureau of Customs personnel seized around 250 tons of onions, garlic, and monggo beans in a cold storage facility in Malabon. According to an official, the entry of the said products valued at Php 95 million is suspected to be illegal.
The authorities are asking for proof of payment of duties and taxes for the products. The storage facility owner will be given 15 days by the Customs to provide an explanation.
This bust is part of the government’s ongoing efforts to combat smuggling and other illegal activities that deprive the country of revenue. The Bureau of Customs has been stepping up its inspections of cargo, especially those coming from China, which is a major source of smuggled goods in the country.
The government’s crackdown on smuggling is critical in ensuring that legitimate businesses are not undercut by those who refuse to pay the required taxes and duties. It is also essential in preventing substandard and even hazardous goods from entering the market, which could potentially harm the health and safety of consumers.
The seizure of these products is a reminder to all businesses and individuals engaged in importation to comply with the country’s laws and regulations. The government is committed to ensuring that those who break the law will be held accountable and that the country’s resources are protected for the benefit of all Filipinos.