Cebu customs seize P1 million-worth of chicken from China

RAW chickens. Photo by Ilia Nesolenyi |

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) of the Port of Cebu confiscated undeclared uncooked chicken from China worth P1 million.

Cebu customs district collector lawyer Charlito Martin Mendoza told Daily Tribune the shipment was flagged down after the vessel that shipped the goods failed to file a supplemental manifest within two days from the date of discharge of the last package pursuant to Customs Administrative Order(CAO) No. 15-2020.

Representatives of the shipping line, replying to the show cause order issued by Mendoza, explained that the unmanifested container was intended to be loaded into a different vessel going to Cebu, and that the system glitch in the operational activities of the vessel caused the container to be inadvertently loaded and discharged at the Port of Cebu.

Mendoza was unconvinced of the explanation.

Inspection of the container yielded uncooked, mechanically separated chicken.

The confiscated goods will undergo seizure and forfeiture proceedings, and then disposed of, in accordance with customs laws and regulations.

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