42 Vehicles Transporting Fish and Fishery Products Turned Back by BFAR 12 FRPG and FIQS joint Mobile Inspection Teams Due to Lack of Transport Documents
On June 2-5, the BFAR Joint Fisheries Resource Protection Group-Fisheries Inspection and Quarantine Section (FRPG-FIQS) Inspection Team inspected a total of 340 fish cars and fish trucks, of which, 42 vehicles did not have either a Local Transport Permits (LTP) or an Auxiliary Invoice such that they were not permitted to pass through the checkpoint. The drivers were advised to obtain any of the two documents so that they will be allowed to pass through the checkpoint.
A Local Transport Permit is a permit issued by BFAR for domestic movement or authorizing an individual to bring, carry or ship aquatic wildlife, by‐products or derivatives acquired from legal sources from the point of origin to the final destination within the country. On the other hand, an auxiliary invoice is issued by the local governments or their duly authorized representatives prior to their transport from their point of origin to their point of destination in the Philippines and/or for export purposes. Both documents are considered as proofs of origin for the fishery products and are required in order to ensure traceability of the fish and fishery products being transported to any destination whether in the Philippines or internationally.
BFAR12 has enhanced its implementation of traceability measures for fish and fishery products by deploying the Fisheries Resource Protection Group (FRPG) and the Fisheries Inspection and Quarantine Section in Mobile Checkpoints at the exit points of General Santos City.