Anti-smuggling coalition bares rampant smuggling of coconut seedlings to China
MANILA, Philippines — Anti-smuggling coalition Fight Illicit Trade (Fight IT) bared on Monday the massive smuggling of partially de-husked coconuts from the Visayas to Hainan, China, which are used as seedlings to grow coconut trees in violation of the law and to the detriment of the coconut industry.
Executive Order No. 1016 issued in 1985 prohibits the export of matured coconuts and coconut seedlings. The Bureau of Customs (BOC) also issued Memorandum Order No. 116-92 which classifies coconut seedlings and mature coconuts as controlled products that require a certificate of exemption from the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) prior to exportation.
“We all know that the Philippines is one of the top producers of high quality coconuts and we are the second biggest exporter of coconut-based products in the world,” said Fight IT chairman Jesus Arranza in a press briefing.
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