Kiara Lauren Ibanez / BENJAMIN CUARESMA
MANILA — The Bureau of Customs in the Sub-port of Mactan seized fourteen kilograms of live fish from Taiwan last week.
The shipment which arrived at Mactan-Cebu International Airport on November 25 lacked the required Import Clearance from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).
In a joint inspection conducted by Customs Acting Warehouseman Niña Cheza A. Dela Peña with BFAR Quarantine Officer Ronald O. Cabiles on 26 November, the ornamental fish locally known as Angelfish and Guppies, which arrived from Taiwan via Hong Kong, were packed in plastic bags cardboard inside boxes.
Port of Cebu Acting District Collector Atty. Charlito Martin R. Mendoza has accordingly issued a Warrant of Seizure and Detention against the shipment for violation of Section 1113 (F) and (L) (5) in relation to Section 117 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).
“Prior to shipping, especially for live animals, and other regulated goods, please be sure to know and secure the proper clearances from our regulating agencies, comply with customs procedures and duties, and know the consequences of not doing so,” Subport of Mactan Collector Gerardo A. Campo reminded would-be importers.
The sub-port of Mactan turned over the said shipment to BFAR for proper disposition. (AI/MTVN)