Customs officials seize over 2000 ornamental plants at airport

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The airport customs bureau impounded more than 2,000 live ornamental plants for failure to secure the required  permit prior to importation on May 19, 2021.

Records showed the importer declared 100 ornamental plant that arrived at Paircargo warehouse, but subsequent examination yielded 2,032 pieces  of the species alocasia, aglaonema, pothos, calathea, philodendron, crimson, Mlmonstera, cactus, sanseveria, and a kind if rubber plant.

Aside from misdeclaration the plant products were confiscated for lack of prior Plant Quarantine Permit from the Bureau of Plant Industry.

Plant quarantine rules state all seized items are to be immediately turned over to the Bureau of Plant Industry for quarantine and immediate disposal and to prevent the spread of plant diseases and pests that can severely affect local agriculture.

The airport customs district reminds the public that prior to importation of any plant, a Sanitary and Phytosanitary Import Clearance (SPSIC) from the Bureau of Plant Industry is required. 


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