Customs confiscated a parcel containing exotic pests

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) intercepts pests from Thailand at the support of the PHLPost Central Mail Exchange Center on November 13, 2023. BOC announced this on Monday, November 20, 2023. (BOC photo)

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has seized misdeclared goods from Thailand that turned out to be pests.

The discovery occurred on November 13 at the support of the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) Central Mail Exchange Center in Pasay City.

On Monday, the BOC reported that X-ray scanning found 50 isopods (lice) and various types of insects and small marine animals in the plot.

The parcel was marked as candy.

The pests were confiscated because the parcel did not have import clearance from the Office of Plant Industry.

The bureau found that the imports were in violation of plant quarantine regulations and tariff and customs regulations.

β€œThe Customs Office is committed to preventing smuggling and protecting the country’s borders against threats, including exotic pests, through rigorous border controls and reforms,” he added. BOC Commissioner Bienvenido Rubio said in a statement.

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