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BOC-NAIA halts Outbound Shipment of Scorpions and Isopods

May 15, 2024

The Bureau of Customs Ninoy Aquino International Airport (BOC-NAIA), in collaboration with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), successfully intercepted an illegal shipment of 36 scorpion heads and one container of isopods without requisite permits from DENR on May 14, 2024.

The parcel, declared as a traditional designed shoulder bag, was shipped from Quezon City to a recipient in Mexico. Upon closer inspection, authorities discovered that the package concealed 23 large scorpion heads, 13 small scorpion heads, and a container of isopods.

In adherence to established protocols, the confiscated shipment was promptly turned over to the DENR for proper handling and safekeeping.

The seized shipment constitutes a serious violation of Philippine laws, including Section 1113 in relation to Sections 117 and 1401 of RA 10863, the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act, as well as Section 27 of RA 9147, the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.

Customs Commissioner Bienvenido Y. Rubio emphasized that, “The BOC remains committed in further enhancing border security measures and preventing illegal wildlife trafficking in the country.”

Under the leadership of District Collector Yasmin O. Mapa, BOC-NAIA will continue to intensify border protection efforts and maintain strong interagency coordination with the DENR to combat wildlife smuggling.

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