By Betheena Kae Unite
Instead of vermicelli noodles and tomato paste, pork and other meat products worth P3.5-million were found inside two containers at the Port of Manila, the Bureau of Customs said Monday.
The two containers from China were supposed to only contain vermicelli and tomato paste, as what appeared on the declaration papers, but pork and other meat products were instead found inside them during a 100-percent physical inspection.
According to the bureau, the shipment arrived in the country last October 12 and was tagged as red, subjecting the two containers to physical examination. The containers were opened Friday, where the misdeclared goods were uncovered.
The shipments were consigned to Jeniti International Trading and were processed by Customs Broker Arlene De Mateo Gonzales. The bureau said the consignee declared the shipment with a total duties and taxes of P288,576.
A warrant of seizure and detention (WSD) was issued Monday against the shipment for 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 (CMTA).
The pork meat products were shipped from a country banned for the importation of such products due to possible African Swine Fever contamination, however, Customs officials are yet to confirm whether the pork meat products are infected with African Swine Fever.