Customs thwart the smuggling of tarantulas

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Bureau of Customs (BoC) personnel at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) have foiled an attempt to smuggle 198 species of tarantulas out of the country.

BoC-NAIA said on Monday that the rare live tarantulas of varying sizes were declared as “Thermos Mug” but were seized when the office learned the shipment did not have a permit.

The cargo was bound for Italy.

“The package was subjected to X-rays and a 100% physical examination which led to the discovery of live animals. The package was examined by the NAIA Export Division Customs Examiner in the presence representatives from the X-Ray Inspection Project (XIP), the Enforcement and Security Service (ESS), the Customs Anti-Illegal Drugs Task Force, the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS), DHL Express and the Environmental Protection and Compliance Division (EPCD),” BoC-NAIA said in a statement.

Exporting arachnids without a permit is a violation of Sections 117 and 1113 of Republic Act 10863 or the Customs and Tariff Modernization Act in relation to RA 9147 or the Conservation and Protection of Arachnids Act. wildlife resources.

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