MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) reported the seizure of a container of unmanifested goods that included uncooked mechanically separated chicken. The shipment, which was identified to have originated from China, was intercepted at the Port of Cebu last Tuesday (August 24). The container was flagged down after noting its exclusion from the vessel’s inward foreign manifest and stowage plan.
Also, the vessel failed to file a supplemental manifest within two days from the date of discharge of the last package as required by Customs Administrative Order (CAO) No. 15-2020.The Port of Cebu initially issued a show cause order against the shipping line to which the latter replied explaining that the unmanifested container was intended to be loaded into a different vessel going to Cebu.
Due to a system glitch in the operational activities of the vessel, the container was inadvertently loaded and discharged at the Port of Cebu. Acting district collector Charlito Martin Mendoza issued a warrant of seizure and detention against the shipment after finding probable cause for violation of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.
The container was immediately subjected to physical examination to determine its contents and was found to contain uncooked mechanically separated chicken. The seized goods will undergo seizure and forfeiture proceedings and will thereafter be disposed of in accordance with prevailing customs laws and regulations.