Two containers of pork products from China were seized in the Port of Manila, according to a report by the Department of Agriculture yesterday.
It was learned that the containers were all misdeclared, allegedly containing tomato paste, according to Agriculture Secretary William Dar.
The shipment is consigned to Jeniti International Trading in Binondo, Manila.
The Bureau of Customs further assesses the value of the shipment, while the Bureau of Animal Industry will also evaluate the products if they are ASF positive.
Pork products from China are banned from entering the country because the country was one of the countries affected by the African Swine Fever.
Customs seized P53 million worth of smuggled vegetables from China
Last month, the Bureau of Customs-Port of Manila (BOC-POM) seized P53 million worth of smuggled vegetables from China.
According to BOC-POM District Collector Arsenia C. Ilagan, Shinerise Trading Service was the consignee of the smuggled onions, carrots, potatoes, and broccoli, which in 16 container vans.
A Custom Broker Johnna Philipian Cristobal Aceveda processed the said importation process.
Shinerise Trading declared the shipments as fishball, popular street food in the Philippines, amounting to ₱2,542,882 on August 8, 2019.
However, during the actual inspection, BOC-POM officials learned that the real imported goods were P20 million worth of carrots, P2.5 million worth of potatoes, and P10 million worth of broccoli.