Subic Freeport, Luzon

PHP 15 million worth of illegally shipped vegetables confiscated

Approximately PHP15 million (€255,000) worth of fresh vegetables illegally shipped from China were confiscated at Subic Freeport last Thursday.

SBMA chairman and administrator Wilma Eisma said the shipment was initially flagged on October 13 by authorities for non-compliance with the approved sanitary and phytosanitary import clearance (SPS-IC) on temperature requirement and for ingress of non-importable fresh vegetables.

Authorities with the vegetables confiscated for violation of customs and agriculture laws / Image: SBMA

The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), in coordination with the Bureau of Customs-Port of Subic (BOC-Subic), and the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Plant Industry (DA-BPI), found the fresh vegetables inside five 40-footer container vans that were declared to contain frozen assorted vegetables and consigned to Saturnus Corp., an importer based in Metro Manila.

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