Customs officers in the Subport of Mactan seized 14 kilograms of live ornamental fish from Taiwan which lacked the required import clearance from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).
According to a Saturday statement from the Customs Bureau, the shipment of angelfish and guppies arrived at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport from Taiwan via Hong Kong on November 25.
Verification of documents showed that the fish had no prior clearances from the BFAR, thus Port of Cebu Acting District Collector Atty. Charlito Martin R. Mendoza issued a Warrant of Seizure and Detention against the shipment for violation of Section 1113 (F) and (L) (5) of 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 fish shipment was turned over to the BFAR for proper disposition. — DVM, GMA News