Customs tightens guard vs illegal marine products

Posted on November 24, 2012

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THE Bureau of Customs is intensifying monitoring of cargoes, especially those coming from Mindanao to counter the transshipment of illegal marine products in the Cebu City port.

Last November 11, P3 million worth of sea shells from Zamboanga City were seized at the Port of Cebu by the customs police.

Container vans that arrive in the port undergo a mobile x-ray scan. We have an intelligence information at the ports, we have contacts and informers. These are the things that we do in ad aily basis to monitor the cargos enetering in our port,” said Cebu Customs District Collector Ronnie Silvestre

Four mobile x-ray machines are used in the Cebu port. Last May, tons mangrove tree barks (tungog) were seized by the Philippine Navy in Pier 1 of Cebu City. It can from Tawi-Tawi in Mindanao.

In the same month, 800 sea corals ready for shipment were seized by police in Lapu-Lapu City.

A criminal case for violation of the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines will be filed against the owner of the cargo. /Correspondent Joy Cherry Quito

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