MANILA — On October 22, 2021, a composite team of the Bureau of Customs-Manila International Container Port, National Bureau of Investigation, and Philippine Coast Guard conducted a follow-up operation in a showroom in Xavierville, Loyola Heights, Quezon City suspected to be storing smuggled luxury cars and high-end motor vehicles with an estimated value of P60,000,000.
An intelligence report received that a garage located at the said area is also part of the R33 car dealer and allegedly storing the smuggled imported luxury cars prompted the issuance of a Letter of Authority (LOA) signed by the Commissioner of Customs against the owner(s), representative (s) or anyone in possession of the imported goods to be found.
Armed with the LOA and Mission Order, the implementing team composed of MICP Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service, NBI, and PCG Task Force Aduana inspected the showroom that resulted in the discovery of another batch of luxury cars such as Porsche turbo, Mini Cooper, Mercedes Benz Kompressor, Toyota Sprinter, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, Honda Civic and an SUV Lexus Lx570, and others.
Also stored were several motorcycles and big bikes such as BMW, Vespa, and Ducati.
The inventory of the goods found was also conducted on the same day led by the customs examiner and was witnessed by CIIS MICP, PCG, and representative/s of the showroom.
Upon failure of the owner to present importation documents within 15 days, the goods shall be subjected to seizure and forfeiture under Section 224 concerning Section 1113 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).
(Kiara Lauren Ibanez/BENJAMIN CUARESMA/ai/mtvn)