Customs execs impound 17,500 bags of smuggled Indian rice in Cagayan de Oro



The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Monday impounded 17,500 bags of Indian white rice at the port of Cagayan de Oro.

Lourdes Mangaoang, Cagayan de Oro district collector, said the shipment was consigned to Tarlac-based farmers’ cooperative Jefmin Farmers and is not covered by import documents.

Danilo Lim, assistant customs commissioner, said in a statement that he believed that syndicates are using loopholes in government policy and rules that allow farmers’ cooperatives to import rice.

The seized shipment, which was kept in 35 container vans and has a collective weight of 875 metric tons, can fetch a minimum of P26 million in the retail market.

Last Feb. 12, customs officials also seized 5,000 bags of rice worth P9 million at the Mindanao Container Terminal in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental, that the agency said were smuggled in from Vietnam.

The BOC has uncovered a modus operandi that allows the use of farmers’ cooperatives as dummies to bankroll rice-smuggling operations.

Smugglers apparently take advantage of the tariff-free importation privileges of farmers’ cooperatives to bring in foreign-grown rice bought at subsidized prices to the detriment of both local farmers and the government.

The BOC had removed 14 companies and cooperatives from its list of accredited rice importers as part of the bureau’s antismuggling campaign.

Among these are Conquistar Marketing, Dream the Dream Marketing, Happy Morning Enterprises, Kakampi Multi-Purpose Cooperative, KapatiranTakusa Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Malipampang Concerned Citizens Multi-Purpose Cooperative and Pinambaran Farmers Producers Cooperative.

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  • wawa2172

     “the shipment was consigned to Tarlac-based farmers’ cooperative Jefmin Farmers”. Something fishy that the smugglers is a farmers cooperative from Tarlac the home province of Noy? Ayaw ni Noy nito, di kaya sangkot ang mga K ni presidente sa cooperative.

    • avmphil

      Tarlac! A famous province churning out famous people especially from the Filipino-Chinese community.The Spanish would have loved to stay here, too bad they abandon ‘their’ friends

  • Komen To

    Impound only? No criminal liability?

  • D L

    Expensive rice also hits provinces since not every province resident is a rice grower and secondly farmers don’t benefit since the rice they grow bought from them cheap anyway.

    So maybe it is more clever to allow importation of cheap rice, the prices almost doubled for last 10 years.

    • muddygoose

      I remember rice prices shot up around 20 years ago during Ramos’s time. Of course, inflation continuous to push it up. I think we should look into the following reasons why rice has become expensive:

      – Few people control the milling, storage, and selling of rice (i.e., the cartels)
      – Artificial shortages caused by the rice cartels through hoarding, misdeclaration of supplies 
      – Rice fields are being converted to subdivisions, etc.

      Best way to help both consumers and our farmers:

      – Enforce a land-use policy that protects farm lands
      – Provide farmers direct access to seeds, fertilizer, post-harvest facilities, and the market

  • Bright

    please stop imported onions and garlics as well.. as well as imported pork! 

  • Lapu Lapu

    Man I have nothing to cook tonight.
    Give me one sack of rice.
    Distribute the rice to the poor. Quick.

  • bongarroyo

    aangal na naman ang mga kampon ni gloria nito….sasabihin na naman nila na di dapat hinuhuli ang mga ismagler…..dapat inaalagaan iyan katulad ng pag-aalagang ginawa noon ng pamilyang arroyo..LOL

  • mangpepe

    baka aantayin niyo na masira sa imbakan yan bago mapakinabangan ng mga FILIPINO mga bwisit

  • Jhune

    Mga mambabatas ang gumawa ng batas na ito, nagpapagamit naman ang mga kawawang farmers bilang miyembro. Ikulong ang may kagagawan nito habang buhay.

  • Rosendoso

    Stop smuggling now, Give the inward Foreign Manifest (IFM) copy to Department of Agriculture and DTI and other agency who are willing to help customs monitor incoming shipment, the customs receive the copy of (IFM) one to two days before shipment arrive ,Ang (IFM) dito makikita Kung anong laman nga vessel.

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