The Bureau of Customs (BOC) – Manila International Container Port (MICP), together with the Environmental Protection and Compliance Division (EPCD), inspected on Thursday, November 21, 2019, one 40-footer container of misdeclared assorted electronic waste.
The said shipment was consigned to Vision Restore and Equipment Corporation which arrived at the MICP on November 6, 2019 from South Korea.
Based on the BOC report, the consignee declared the shipment as used TV parts and electric parts but after examination, it was found to contain electronic waste.
MICP District Collector Guillermo Pedro A. Francia IV immediately issued on November 15, 2019 Alert Order No. A/MICP/20191115-0247 against the subject container and recommended to the Accounts Management Office (AMO) the revocation of the accreditation of the importer and the customs broker.
The BOC will issue an order of re-exportation directing the consignee to return the shipment to its port of origin pursuant to Customs Memorandum Order No. 38-2019 in relation to the provisions of Section 14 of Republic Act No. 6969 and Article 8 of the Basel Convention on the Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal, to which both the Philippines and South Korea are signatories.
The Bureau of Customs will conduct an investigation to identify the personalities involved in the importation of electronic waste and for filing of appropriate charges.
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE (PIO) Bureau of Customs G/F OCOM Building, South Harbor (Port of Manila), Manila Landline: (+632) 527-8259 Fax: (+632) 527-1968