BOC seeks return of shipment of trash to Canada

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Saturday, February 22, 2014


THE Bureau of Customs (BOC) has asked the assistance of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to send back to Canada the 50 container vans loaded with tons of garbage that was recently apprehended at the Manila International Container Port (MICP).

Customs Deputy Commissioner for Enforcement Group Ariel Nepomuceno said they are seeking the assistance of the DENR since the agency is part of the signatories to the Basel Convention.

"We are seeking their assistance to invoke the Basel protocol. The objective of returning back the 50 containers to Canada," he said in an interview.

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"Further, in order to fully enforce the letter of the law as provided for under Paragraph 3, Section 31 of DENR DAO No. 29 Series of 1992, we would like to respectfully seek your assistance for immediate re-exportation of the Seized Hazardous Substances to its origin thru the Exporter/Shipper Chronic Inc., with address at 95 Regency Crescent Whitby Ontario Canada LIN 758," said the letter, which was sent to Environment Secretary Ramon Paje dated February 20.

Nepomuceno noted that there is urgency for the container vans to be sent back to where it came from as it may pose danger to the health.

On the other hand, the BOC official said that he also sent a letter to the Department of Health (DOH) for assistance to fumigate the 50 containers as a precautionary measure while shipping back is in process.

On Thursday, the BOC has filed charges against the importer of the shipments for allegedly violating the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines (TCCP) and the Toxic Substance and Hazardous Wastes and Nuclear Wastes Control Act of 1990 (Republic Act 6969).

The Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal was adopted in Basel, Switzerland on March 22, 1989. (FP/Sunnex)

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