South Korea Transferred Piles Of Garbage Instead Of Plastic Pellets To Philippines
SOUTH KOREA- The package transferred from South Korea to the MICT ended up as a pile of garbage rather than the plastic pellets as told.
The Bureau of Customs questioned the package in Mindanao International Container Terminal. According to the paper retrieved, it said that the package contained “plastic synthetic flakes”, which is used to produce plastic pellets.
However, MICT Port Collector John Simon said that if the box contained plastic flakes, then it will only contain plastic flakes, No more, no less. Simon further expressed that it contained more different materials than what it’s supposed to contain.
According to a post in ABS-CBN, the consignee of the shipment came from Verde Soko Philippines Industrial Corporation, a Korean company. Elmer Heruela, the company’s senior supervisor said that the pellets will be exported to the Philippines to be used as an alternative fuel. He, however, has nothing to say as of why the shipment has been misdeclared.
The company said that they will export equipment for the shredding of garbage in 2019. The BOC, however, found another issue that the shipment lacked documents.
As per the report, Simon emphasized that this is the first time in history that a boat full of garbage was delivered to the country. The Verde Soko has another shipment to be delivered to the Philippines but it was put on hold by the BOC until they will send an entry declaration and an environmental permit from the DENR.
The DENR has yet to explain why such shipment entered into the country even though it was misdeclared and doesn’t have an import entry.
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