P24-M luxury cars, steel shipments seized in Manila port

MANILA -- The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Monday seized PHP24.2 million worth of used sports cars and overweight steel products at the Manila International Container Port (MICP).

Commissioner Isidro Lapena said the shipments were loaded with two Lamborghini and a Ferrari, and steel products from Australia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and China.

The apprehended shipments contains a used 2012 Lamborghini Glardo consigned to a certain Allan Garcia with address at Dolores St. Perpetual Subd. Paligui, Apalit, Pampanga; 2006 Lamborghini Murcielago consigned to a certain Veronica Angeles with address at 385 Sampaloc San Rafael, Bulacan; and a white 2005 Ferrari F430 shipped to a certain Mary Joy Aguanta with address at Blk. 5 Lot 33 Phase1A, Villa Trinita, Cagayan de Oro.

He noted the luxury cars were seized due to overstaying and lack of Authority to Release Imported Goods (ATRIG).

MICP district collector lawyer Ruby Alameda issued a warrant for seizure and detention on the cargoes because of overstaying in the container yard of ICTSI, the BOC chief said in a statement.

The shipments, processed by customs broker Christian Lao, and Roy Lasdoce respectively, which arrived in 2016 and May 2017 all came from UAE.

Meanwhile, two shipments consigned to Hongtaisheng Steel Inc. was seized due to discrepancy in declared weight, which is a violation of Section 1400 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.

These shipments will undergo forfeiture proceedings to know their liability to the government, he added.

Source: Philippine News Agency