THE Bureau of Customs (BoC) Port of Davao has banned the importation of pork and other pork products from countries affected by African swine fever.

The bureau has partnered with the Agriculture department and Bureau of Animal Industry to prevent the outbreak of the disease in Davao, spokesman Norman V. de Asis said.

The agency is strengthening protocols for pork imports as well as physical examination, he said.

Local hog raisers earlier asked the government to tighten inspections at Davao seaports and airports to prevent the entry of African swine fever. — Maya M. Padillo