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Seized meat import at Ninoy Aquino International Airport | Photo from BOC-NAIA

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) is on alert for the entry of poultry products from Brazil following the temporary ban ordered on the goods by the Department of Agriculture (DA).

DA on August 14 issued the ban after China reported detecting the presence of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in chicken wings shipped from the South American country.

READ: DA bans poultry meat imports from Brazil

BOC-NAIA said the temporary ban is in compliance with the standing order of Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero to strengthen border control in all ports amidst the continuing threats of COVID-19.

Relatedly, BOC-NAIA since January of this year has confiscated a total of 775.6 kilograms of meat products which had no permits and which arrived from countries with cases of African swine fever (ASF).

Since last year DA has also temporarily banned importation of pork and pork-based products coming from ASF-affected countries.

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