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BOC-confiscated coco products bound for China are collected by PCA.

The Philippine Coconut Authority now has control of the partially dehusked mature coconuts intercepted and forfeited in 42 container trucks destined for the Port of Cebu (PCA).

The PCA stated Central Visayas Acting Regional Manager Brendan Trasmonte signed the turn-over documentation of the confiscated commodities packed in 42 40-footer container vans from the Cebu District Collection Office in the Port of Cebu, according to a statement released on Thursday.

The party then proceeded to the Cebu Port Authority premises to inspect and hand over the confiscated items.

On December 11, 2021, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) Port of Cebu detected the shipment, which was officially turned over to the PCA in Central Visayas on January 12.

The BOC had previously stated that the total export value of the cargo destined for China was PHP232 million.

According to the policy of an Inter-Agency Committee established by President Ferdinand Marcos’ Executive Order 1016, which identifies things not approved for export, the confiscated articles are prohibited from being exported. To safeguard the country’s genetic resources from being stolen by other coconut-growing countries, mature coconut was added to the list of forbidden products.

Former Agriculture Secretary Manny Piol challenged the ban on these products in September 2020, citing a conflict of interest in the government’s plan to see the Philippines’ coconut industry take off.

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