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NAIA-Customs seize meat, fruits and tea from six arriving passengers

Bureau of Customs

Customs examiners at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminals intercepted a total of 15.1 kilos of fresh and processed meat and 20.3 kilos of assorted fruits and tea brought by six incoming passengers from Xiamen, Bangkok and Taipei on Thursday, February 16, 2023.

NAIA-Customs Deputy Collector for Passenger Services Atty. Lourdes Mangaoang said a total of 35.4 kilos of agricultural products were confiscated after passengers failed to present the necessary clearance or permit from the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) and Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI).

Mangaoang said customs personnel seized some four kilos of fresh duck mea; 5.1 kilos of pork meat; 5 kilos of chicken feet and one kilo of processed meat (longganisa) from passengers arriving from Xiamen, China after their luggage underwent x-ray scanning.

Mangaoang added that they also confiscated and turned over to the BAI and PBI personnel for proper disposal agricultural products that include 11 kilos of apples brought by two passengers from Taipei; 3.8 kilos of dried beans and tea brought by a passenger from Thailand and 5.5 kilos of assorted dried beans and fresh guava fruits from three passengers from Xiamen, China.

Meanwhile, NAIA District Collector Mimel Talusan reminded incoming passengers to refrain from bringing into the country any agricultural products without the proper permits as these will be confiscated and disposed of accordingly.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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