- Container vans with municipal trash arrived in Misamis Oriental from Australia
- The trash was misdeclared as “Processed Engineered Fuel”
- Waste from Hong Kong was also discovered in the port
A seven 40-foot container vans from Australia arrived in a port in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental. KAMI learned that the shipment was “misdeclared municipal trash.”
In a report by the ABS-CBN’s Bandila, the shipment of the misdeclared trash from Australia was confirmed by an official of the Mindanao International Container Terminal on Thursday.
"Ito 'yung basura mong makukuha sa isang siyudad... Parang basura sa kalsada ng Maynila, 'yan ang municipal waste. Dinurog na ganon," MICT port collector John Simon said in a phone interview.
The consignee of the Australian shipment was identified to be Holcim Philippines Incorporated. It was initially delivered as “Processed Engineered Fuel (PEF) and municipal waste.”
However, PEF is not included on the list of allowed imported materials by the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.
The Holcim Philippines Inc. insisted that the materials were not misdeclared and that those are PEF.
As reported by the GMA News (author Dona Magsino), the electronic waste from Hong Kong was also discovered by the officials. However, the shipment arrived last January and has been abandoned since.
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) said that they discovered 21 large bags of crushed electronic parts. It was first declared as “electronic accessories.”
BOC said that they will immediately ship back the hazardous waste to Hong Kong after going through the legal process.
In a previous report by KAMI, President Rodrigo Duterte threatened the Canadian government after dumping their waste in the Philippines. He ordered to ship back the trash to Canada immediately.
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