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Smuggled live spiderlings seized at CMEC

April 21, 2024 People's Journal 95 views

AGENTS of the Bureau of Customs at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) recently intercepted smuggled spiderlings at the Central Mail Exchange Center (CMEC) in Pasay City.

Eighty-four live spiderlings were found during the physical examination of the customs officers after the initial x-ray scanning showed suspicious images.

The parcel that originated from Poland and was declared as “origami” products and consigned to an address in Binan, Laguna.

Customs Commissioner Bienvenido Y. Rubio said the attempted smuggling of live spiderlings is a direct violation of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) and the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act concerning the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.

“The dedication of the BOC in preventing smuggling is a crucial barrier against exploitation of wildlife, and in maintaining robust national biosecurity and ecological balance,” Rubio said.

In line with the Bureau’s mandate, the BOC-NAIA under its District Collector, Atty. Yasmin O. Mapa, maintains its vigilance and dedication in protecting the country’s border against all forms of smuggling, including wildlife resources.