MANILA - The Bureau of Customs seized Thursday a 40-foot container that carried a luxury car and diesel engines at the Manila International Container Port.
The BOC said the shipment was alerted last January 9 after receiving information that the shipment contained a used car and truck. It arrived at the port last Dec. 17, 2018.
BOC chief Commissioner Rey Guerrero said based on the import entry filed by the consignee, the shipment was declared to contain a used forklift, used diesel engine and other household goods.
Yet upon examination at the MICP last January 28, the shipment yielded a used Bentley car, used Hino truck and used diesel engines and other goods with an estimated value of P12.1 million.
Guerrero cited Pulilan Motors Truck Rebuilding as the importer which is owned by a certain Agustin Mariano Esguerra.
The BOC also found that the shipment originated from Japan and was processed by customs broker Tomas James Delos Santos of Sampaloc.
Criminal charges will be filed against the consignee and the customs broker. Guerrero has also ordered the immediate revocation of both the consignee and broker's accreditation.
Meanwhile, some P850 million worth of counterfeit products were seized in Manila and Parañaque on Thursday.
Guerrero said he sees an organized syndicate in China in cahoots with syndicates inside the BOC responsible for the shipment.
Guerrero assured all seized items will be destroyed and properly disposed by the bureau.