BOC destroys 20 tons of unsafe, forfeited goods

Robie de Guzman

MANILA, Philippines – Around 20 tons of forfeited goods were destroyed in Trece Martires, Cavite, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said Thursday.

In a statement, the BOC said the shipment of goods include unserviceable computer parts, expired vitamins as well as expired medicines and food products which were declared unfit for human consumption for lack of necessary food and drug clearances.

These items were condemned and destroyed using the Thermal Decomposer (Pyrolysis) Facility of the Integrated Waste Management in coordination with the Food and Drugs Administration, the Optical Media Board, the National Telecommunication Commission, and the Commission on Audit.

The BOC explained the condemnation proceedings is in accordance with the provisions of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).

It is also in line with the directive of Customs Commissioner Rey Guerrero to clear storage facilities of abandoned and illegally shipped items to better facilitate trade within the port.

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