Mactan’s BOC Cebu-Subport seizes 41 packets of flower seeds hidden in shoes

WRONGLY DECLARED. Mactan Cebu-Subport Customs Office (BOC) personnel and other law enforcement agencies and witnesses inspect the 41 sachets containing flower seeds Thursday, March 17, 2022. The misdeclared flower seeds were hidden inside a pair of shoes. (BOC CEBU)

Mactan's BOC Cebu-Subport seizes 41 packets of flower seeds hidden in shoes (BOC CEBU)

Mactan’s BOC Cebu-Subport seizes 41 packets of flower seeds hidden in shoes (BOC CEBU)

Mactan's BOC Cebu-Subport seizes 41 packets of flower seeds hidden in shoes (BOC CEBU)

Mactan’s BOC Cebu-Subport seizes 41 packets of flower seeds hidden in shoes (BOC CEBU)

Over a kilo of various flower seeds from Indonesia concealed in a pair of sports shoes was intercepted by staff from the Cebu-Subport Customs Office (BOC) in Mactan.

Forty-one sachets of flower seeds were seized on Thursday, March 17, 2022, as they were undeclared and not covered by Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) sanitary and phytosanitary import permits.

Mactan Port Collector Gerardo A. Campo reminded the public that the import of plants and plant products is permitted if covered by an import permit from the BPI.

“Do not resort to misrepresentation and concealment to release your import,” he said in a press release Monday, March 21.

The latest seizure complies with Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero’s directive to continuously strengthen surveillance and control efforts against the proliferation of illegal wildlife trade in order to protect the environment and preserve biodiversity. , according to Mactan’s BOC Cebu-Subport. .

Parcel reported

BOC Cebu said the package, said to contain only sports shoes, was “flagged by the X-Ray Inspection Project (XIP) team after a non-intrusive inspection produced scan images suspicious”.

Designated Customs Examiner Pablito B. Geraldez and representatives from the XIP Team, Customs Intelligence and Investigation Department, Enforcement and Security Department, DHL Cebu, BPI and the Agency Philippine Drug Enforcement Department examined the package and found the 41 packets of flower seeds.

District Collector Charlito Martin R. Mendoza immediately issued a warrant of seizure and detention after finding probable cause for willful misrepresentation, a violation of the Customs and Tariffs Modernization Act and Ordinance Administrative Quarantine BPI No. 2, Series of 2008.

Mactan’s BOC Cebu-Subport did not identify the recipient of the package in its statement. (KAL)

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