BOC smashes P20-M luxury cars into used clothing shipment
MANILA – Customs Office (BOC) agents seized another shipment containing PHP 20million luxury cars concealed in used clothing (ukay-ukay) at the Manila International Container Port (MICP).
In a statement on Thursday, Alvin Enciso, chief of the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) -MICP, said the luxury cars were discovered during a cargo inspection on Wednesday.
Inside the cargo arriving from Japan is a white Ferrari 430 Scuderia, a gray Mercedes Benz E220 and a blue Mercedes Benz SLK 55
The container is destined for JLFDM Consumer Goods Trading, the same recipient of the PHP 10 million Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Toyota sports cars seized by BOC last month.
“We are looking for containers for this particular company. Before the arrival, we already knew the same way of hiding vehicles behind bullets. ukay-ukay Clothing. We had monitored the shipment before it left the port of origin, ”said Enciso.
At least 33 bales of used clothing were placed at the threshold of the container. Inspectors found plywood behind the used clothing to hold and prevent bullets from falling into motor vehicles hidden at the end of the container.
Enciso said staff from the Enforcement and Security Service (ESS) and the Official Entry Division (FED) were present during the “100% physical examination” of the shipment, which was originally declared to contain used truck parts and other accessories.
A Seizure and Detention Warrant (WSD) was immediately issued by MICP District Collector Romeo Rosales for possible violation of Section 1400 of RA 10863 or otherwise known as the Customs Modernization Act and tariffs (CMTA).
Meanwhile, Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero warned smugglers that the office will continue to be active in its “border security and intelligence gathering activities.”
“This is the second time in a month that we have discovered the same modus. We are going to hit these smugglers hard for not putting an end to their illegal activities, ”he said.
The operation is part of COPLAN TSEKOT, which “aims to stop the entry of contraband vehicles into the country’s ports”. (ANP)