Customs seizes PHP10-M worth high-end cars in Subic

MANILA — The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has seized three high-end used vehicles worth PHP10 million in Subic, Zambales province.

In a statement, the BOC said the vehicles -– 1 used BMW 745 Sedan, 1 used BMW 745 Li Sedan, and a Hyundai Equus JS350 Sedan -– arrived at the Port of Subic on board M/V SITC Osaka 1636S from Korea in January.

The shipment was consigned to freight forwarder Sea Star Express Corp.

Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon had issued an alert order on the cargo upon the recommendation of Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service-Intelligence Group (CIIS-IG), Port of Subic through its Office of the District Collector.

The vehicles were seized after its shippers were found to have violated a provision of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) in relation to Section 3 of Executive Order 156 prohibiting the importation of used motor vehicles.

The cars are now in the bureau’s custody for further examination and evaluation. Ferdinand G. Patinio/