Bureau of Customs tightens screening of shipments, parcels

January 28, 2019

THE Bureau of Customs (BoC) has beefed-up its campaign against the entry of illegal drugs by thoroughly checking all shipments arriving at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminals.

Port of NAIA District Collector Mimel Talusan said the BoC and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has intensified its screening “to ensure all air parcels, baggage, and shipments arriving in the airport are cleared from any illegal substances and unauthorized import of other controlled chemicals.”

Talusan said canine narcotic units bolstered security and inspection in Central Mail Exchange Center, DHL, FedEx-TNT/PAL/PSI, PairCargo, ECCF, TMW, CargoHaus and all other warehouses at NAIA where goods are stored.

To date, Customs-NAIA has a record-breaking 30 drug seizures in a span of 10 months, and in addition, a total of 560 wildlife and endangered species apprehensions in four months in support to Department of Environment and Natural Resources in stopping illegal wildlife trade.