P100M smuggled frozen meat, seafood from 4 different countries seized in Navotas

Authorities seize various smuggled frozen goods worth P100 million from four different countries after being discovered in 12 reefers in Barangay San Rafael, Navotas City on May 27, 2021. (Photo courtesy of the DA)

CALOOCAN CITY, June 1 (PIA) -- Some P100 million worth of smuggled frozen meat and seafood products were uncovered by the authorities from 12 reefer containers, which were parked at a vacant lot in Navotas City, recently.

Various frozen pork, beef, jumbo shrimp, eel, black chicken, crawfish, peking duck, and dori fish fillet were found inside the 12 refrigerated containers in Barangay San Rafael, according to the authorities.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) said based on the markings of the packages, the shipments originated from Vietnam, China, Germany, and Belgium. Investigation showed that the items were not covered by any import permit.

The shipment was intercepted on Thursday, May 27, during an operation initiated by a team from the DA, Sub Task Group on Economic Intelligence (STG-EI), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), and Philippine National Police (PNP).

The DA will conduct a full inventory on the seized goods before disposing them.

Meanwhile, the filing of appropriate criminal charges against the owner of the smuggled shipments will be handled by the NBI.

The reefers were inspected in the presence of the alleged caretaker identified as Gilbert Abanso.

Abanso admitted to authorities that the goods did not have any permit or clearance from concerned agencies. (PIA NCR)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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