BOC finds P500-M smuggled luxury cars in QC, Pampanga showrooms

Published October 22, 2021, 4:28 PM

by Joseph Pedrajas

Several allegedly smuggled luxury cars worth P500 million were discovered in two showrooms in Quezon City and Pampanga in separate operations conducted by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Thursday, Oct. 21.

Mark Balmores/MANILA BULLETIN

According to BOC, they received a report that the luxury cars were stored in the facilities, prompting Customs officers to inspect and issue a Letter of Authority (LOA) against the showroom operators.

During the operations that were coordinated with the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), several bullet-proof and luxury cars​,​ such as Lamborghini and Ferrari​,​ as well as big bikes, such as Ducati, were seized from the owners of the facilities.

Mark Balmores/MANILA BULLETIN
Bureau of Customs/MANILA BULLETIN

The vehicles were found to have no appropriate importation documents, the BOC said.

​The supposed owners of the vehicles were given 15 days by the BOC to present their importation documentation or the cars will be seized and forfeited by virtue of Section 224 (power to inspect and visit) concerning Section 1113 (property subject to seizure and forfeiture) of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).​

 
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