BOC Inspects Facilities with Php 500M Worth of Imported Motor Vehicles

On October 21, 2021, a composite team of the Bureau of Customs-Manila International Container Port, National Bureau of Investigation, and Philippine Coast Guard inspected showrooms in Xavierville, Quezon City and San Simon, Pampanga suspected to be storing smuggled luxury cars and other motor vehicles with an estimated value of Php 500,000,000.

An intelligence report that smuggled luxury cars were stored in the said area prompted the Commissioner of Customs to issue a Letter of Authority (LOA) against the said facilities.

Armed with LOA and Mission Order, the implementing team composed of MICP Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service, NBI, and PCG Task Force Aduana inspected the showroom resulting in the discovery of luxury cars such as Lamborghini and Ferrari, and motorcycles or big bikes such as Ducati. Also found were several bulletproof sports utility vehicles, customized sports cars, trucks, boats, among others. All motor vehicles found were without appropriate importation documents presented.

The inventory of the goods found was also conducted on the same day led by the customs examiner and was witnessed by CIIS MICP, PCG, and representative/s of the storage/ showroom.

Upon failure of the owner to present importation documents within 15 days, the goods shall be subjected to seizure and forfeiture under Section 224 concerning Section 1113 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).