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Tons of garbage from South Korea reportedly shipped to the Philippines

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Tons of garbage from South Korea reportedly shipped to the Philippines
A representative of Verde Soko Philippines declined to discuss why the shipped items were wrongly declared.


MANILA, Philippines — Tons of garbage from South Korea were reportedly shipped to the Philippines.

According to a November 10 report by ABS-CBN News, a trash-loaded ship from South Korea arrived at Mindanao International Container Terminal last July.

Based on documents obtained by Customs officials, South Korean company Verde Soko Philippines Industrial Corporation was the consignee of the shipment, which was incorrectly declared as “plastic synthetic flakes.”

A representative of Verde Soko Philippines declined to discuss why the shipped items were wrongly declared.

In 2013, Valenzuela-based company Chronic Plastics Inc. imported more than 50 containers with waste from Canada, worrying environment groups who fear that the shipment might contain toxic materials.

More than half or 29 of the containers with trash were dumped in a landfill in Tarlac.

In 2017, the Bureau of Customs has also called on a South Korean shipper to take back some 5,000 metric tons of suspected garbage that was dumped in Mandaue City in Cebu. — Ian Nicolas Cigaral

Source: philstar.com

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