MANILA, Philippines- About P1.5 million worth of hazardous chemicals were seized by Bureau of Customs (BOC) Cebu-Subport of Mactan personnel that were discovered on a ship that came from South Korea on September 30.
According to the BOC, they conducted a physical inspection of the vessel upon receiving information from the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS)-Subport of Mactan. The Boarding Team found a total of 8,485 liters of hazardous chemicals consisting of Hydrochloric Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, and Sodium Hypochlorite Solution, where it was not stated in the ship’s manifest or its store list.
Because of this, District Collector Charlito Martin R. Mendoza immediately issued a Warrant of Seizure and Detention against the said “unmanifested cargoes” after being found in violation of Sections 1113 (g), (f), and (l-5) of Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.
Seized goods will be subject to a forfeiture proceeding and disposed of in accordance with environmental protocols and existing customs rules and regulations. JAY Reyes
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