February 6, 2017- Logs cut from endangered trees found only in the Philippines were confiscated on Sunday by Bureau of Customs (BOC) agents at the Port of Davao in Davao City after these were discovered to be a misdeclared shipment.
In a report to Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon, Customs District Collector Jamail A. Marohomsalic said the logs were discovered when a container was opened by the BOC before Philippine Drugs Enforcement Administration agents and the Philippine Coast Guard following a tip that there were illegal drugs inside the van.
According to Marohomsalic, the logs were supposed to be exported by Transmodal International Inc, with offices in Lanang, Davao City, to a consignee in Hiroshima, Japan identified as Sanyo Tsushu Co. Ltd.. .
The mangkono tree, commonly known as Philippine iron wood, has been categorized as endangered in the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red list for 2014. The cutting of the tree is prohibited under a provision in the Forestry Code of the Philippines.The logs are used as shipping or housing material or in furniture-making.
Marohomsalic said the shipment, valued at P380,000, had no export permit from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
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