MANILA - The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Friday intercepted packages containing wildlife species bound for Taiwan at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
Customs operatives stopped the shipment of 123 Chinese soft shell turtles mixed with live eels placed in 7 packages to be flown via China Airlines CI-704.
"It was through profiling and manual examination of the Export Division that the bureau was able to intercept the shipment of 3H Enterprises Ltd.," Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña said in a statement Saturday.
Airport authorities had reported that the shipper's address was listed as 97 Panginay, Guiguinto, Bulacan, while the consignee was identified as Jan Birt Co. Ltd. with the address 1F-1, No. 178, Sec. 1 Zhengxiao E. Rd., Zhongsheng Dist., Taipei City Taiwan.
The shipment of the turtles and eels, which reportedly came from Pampanga, has no Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) permit, which is necessary before exportation.
The DENR is yet to determine the market value of the shipment.
Last month, BOC officials also intercepted other outbound wildlife species such as 4 Philippine cobras, 10 sailfin lizards, and pit vipers.