Live leopard gecko seized at NAIA
MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) seized a live leopard gecko at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) packed in a parcel from Thailand.
The package arrived at Paircargo warehouse without the required import permit from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
This prompted the conduct of 100 percent physical examination on the parcel which resulted in the discovery of a live leopard gecko approximately valued at P20,000.
According to DENR, gecko is a species regulated under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) and protected under Republic Act (RA) No. 9147 otherwise known as the Philippine Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.
Its collection from the wild, as well as trade, requires an import permit from the Biodiversity Management Bureau under the DENR.
Violation of RA 9147 is reportedly punishable by imprisonment up to four (4) years and a fine up to P300,000.00.
The seized leopard gecko shall be subjected to seizure and forfeiture proceedings for violation of Section 1113 in relation to Section 117 of the RA 10863 or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) and Section 11 of RA 9147.
The custody of the seized wildlife species was immediately turned over to DENR.
4 kilograms of shark teeth seized in Mactan, Cebu
MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Customs (BOC) reported the seizure of a parcel containing 4.98 kilograms of extracted shark teeth misdeclared as plastic components for fashion accessories.
The shipment, which was seized in BOC Cebu-Subport of Mactan on Tuesday (August 31), was discovered through x-ray imaging which prompted the X-Ray inspection project team (XIP) to mark it for further verification.
Accordingly, BOC authorities conducted a physical examination on the parcel together with representatives from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and DHL Express Cebu.
The BFAR representative confirmed the contents of the parcel to be shark teeth and not plastic components as declared and records show the shipment had no import permit issued by BFAR.
Acting District Collector Charlito Martin Mendoza immediately issued a warrant of seizure and detention against the shipment.
The seized articles will be disposed of in accordance with existing customs laws and regulations after undergoing seizure and forfeiture proceedings.
Unmanifested container of mechanically separated chicken seized at Port of Cebu
MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) reported the seizure of a container of unmanifested goods that included uncooked mechanically separated chicken.
The shipment, which was identified to have originated from China, was intercepted at the Port of Cebu last Tuesday (August 24).
The container was flagged down after noting its exclusion from the vessel’s inward foreign manifest and stowage plan.
Also, the vessel failed to file a supplemental manifest within two days from the date of discharge of the last package as required by Customs Administrative Order (CAO) No. 15-2020.
The Port of Cebu initially issued a show cause order against the shipping line to which the latter replied explaining that the unmanifested container was intended to be loaded into a different vessel going to Cebu.
Due to a system glitch in the operational activities of the vessel, the container was inadvertently loaded and discharged at the Port of Cebu.
Acting district collector Charlito Martin Mendoza issued a warrant of seizure and detention against the shipment after finding probable cause for violation of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.
The container was immediately subjected to physical examination to determine its contents and was found to contain uncooked mechanically separated chicken.
The seized goods will undergo seizure and forfeiture proceedings and will thereafter be disposed of in accordance with prevailing customs laws and regulations.
BOC seizes P25-M worth of smuggled medicines
MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Customs (BOC) reported the confiscation of suspected smuggled medicines hidden inside a storage facility in Pasay City.
The composite team which included operatives from the BOC Port of Manila (POM) Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) and members of the Port’s Formal Entry Division (FED) discovered inside the facility various German medicines most of which were suspected to be smuggled.
Among those seized were medicines such as Cactus Compositum for coronary circulatory disorder and Testis Compositum which is used for sexual enhancement.
Other drugs confiscated were those suspected to be used to treat liver diseases as well as those used to manage cholesterol levels.
The said shipments estimated at P25 million pesos worth were suspected not to have the necessary import permits.
The operation was launched on July 27, 2021.
A warrant of Seizure and Detention (WSD) was issued against the goods for the possible violation of Section 1400 of RA 10863 also known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).
The Port of Manila strongly warns against the use of unauthorized medicines (those without permits). It also reminds the public that any medication must be taken under the supervision of an attending physician.