Customs officers seized 4.98 kilograms of extracted shark teeth falsely declared as plastic components for fashion accessories in Cebu-Subport from Mactan last week.
A Customs Office report said the package was opened after the x-ray image of the package raised suspicion.
A representative from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources confirmed that the contents of the package were shark teeth and not plastic components as claimed. No import permit was issued by the BFAR for the import, records show.
Acting District Collector Charlito Martin R. Mendoza immediately issued a warrant of seizure and detention against the shipment.
“The sub-port ensures that regulated goods are only released when covered by the appropriate permits and authorizations. In this case, the importer did not obtain a permit from BFAR prior to importation and intentionally misdeclared the goods to get away with it. We remind our importers and their representatives to properly declare their goods and obtain the necessary permits and authorizations to avoid seizures,” said Port of Mactan Collector Gerardo A. Campo.
Seized items will be disposed of in accordance with applicable customs laws and regulations after being subject to a seizure and confiscation procedure.