MANILA — THE BUREAU of Customs-Port of NAIA has condemned expired medicines without FDA health approval and expired food supplies, vape products, medical kits, and devices.
These medicines, imported without the necessary Food and Drug Administration (FDA) registration and permits, were disposed through condemnation in Trece Martires, Cavite, last 11, 18 and 19 September.
Also destroyed were:
- one-time-password (OTP) devices
- subscriber identification module (SIM) cards
- universal serial bus (USB) flash drives
- bank cards commonly used in money laundering activities, prohibited under Republic Act No. 8484 (Access Devices Regulation Act of 1998) and R.A. 9239 (Optical Media Act),
- regulated items such as cements, electrical items, bulbs and batteries without Bureau of Product Standards (BPS) clearances
- tobacco leaves and cigarettes without National Tobacco Administration (NTA) clearance.
For the past several weeks, the Port of NAIA had continuously condemned valueless, prohibited, hazardous and unsafe goods totaling 311.85 tons for year 2020.
The weekly condemnation activities are with the directives of Customs Commissioner Rey Leonard B. Guerrero in the agency’s effort to inspect all abandoned and overstaying cargoes and their immediate disposal.
District Collector Talusan vowed for the unwavering vigilance, commitment and dedication of BOC-NAIA front liners despite the continuing threat of COVID-19 pandemic to protect the country’s border 24/7 against all fraudulent and illegal schemes in importing prohibited, restricted, dangerous, hazardous and health risk products inimical to public health, safety and national security.
Featured photo: BOC-NAIA condemns expired medicines and other valueless, prohibited, hazardous and unsafe goods weekly. Photo by Kiara Ibañez Lauren / Benjie Cuaresma