Customs tightens meat watch

Customs authorities at NAIA are leaving no chance for the entry of meat product from swine-flu infested countries. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

A total of 115 kgs of meat and poultry products without sanitary & phytosanitary clearance have been seized by the Bureau of Customs-NAIA since Tuesday as it intensified its campaign against the possible entry of the African Swine Fever virus in the country.

The seized goods, brought in by both local and foreign passengers from various flights, have been turned over to the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) Quarantine Division for proper disposal.

Customs-NAIA officials said they are closely coordinating with the BAI to safeguard aganst the epidemic which has affected 13 countries (China, Belgium, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Russia and Ukraine, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Moldova, South Africa and Zambia).

Meanwhile, a partnership meeting between the Customs -NAIA and DHL Express was held Wednesday, aimed at strengthening border security, increasing revenue collection and improving the systems of the Port for faster Customs clearance.

Customs NAIA District Collector Mimel Talusan said top DHL Express officials shared projects and innovations to assist the NAIA Customs in their reforms and in speeding-up customs clearance.

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