MANILA — As efforts to secure the borders remain in place, the Port of NAIA seized six (6) shipments from Hongkong found to contain a total of 146,600 boxes of medicine with no Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance with an estimated value of Php29,328,000 in Paircargo.
After receiving a derogatory report, the shipments were subjected to Pre-Lodgement Alert Order and 100% physical examination in the presence of Chamber of Customs Brokers Inc. (CCBI), CIIS and ESS representatives. In the course of the examination, the shipments were found to contain boxes of Lianhua Qingwen Jiaonang, traditional Chinese medicine for Covid-19 regulated by the FDA.
In fact, efforts to locate the consignee turned futile, and reportedly can no longer be found in his given address as attested by concerned Barangay authorities.
The seized medicines will be subjected to seizure and forfeiture proceedings for violation of Section 1113 (Property Subject to Seizure and Forfeiture) in relation to Section 117 (Regulated Goods) of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA), and the Food and Drugs Act.
The Port of NAIA under District Collector Carmelita M. Talusan continue to support the directives of Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero to secure the nation’s borders 24/7 against unsafe, unregistered and hazardous substances.
(Kiara Lauren Ibanez/BENJAMIN CUARESMA/ai/mtvn)