P10-M worth luxury cars seized in Manila Port

MANILA – The Bureau of Customs recently seized two luxury cars and auto parts with an estimated value of P10 million at the Manila International Container Port (MICP).

A used black Mercedes Benz, used white Mercedez Benz, wheel and tires, from Hongkong arrived in August at MICP.

The shipment declared as containing auto parts and consigned to Juljerjac Trading with entry number C-206595-17 passed through the X-ray machines which showed image irregularities.

X-ray Inspection Project (XIP) agents found irregularities in the entry declaration after X-ray results produced questionable images,” XIP Head Maj. Jaybee Raul Cometa said.

Maj. Cometa recommended the issuance of an alert order against the shipment for the conduct of 100% physical examination.

Lawyer Vincent Philip Maronilla, MICP district collector, said the 40’ footer shipment was seized after its shippers 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.

There is a prima facie evidence of misdeclaration hence we will issue a warrant of seizure and detention against Juljerjac Trading’s smuggled motor vehicles,” he said.

The cars are now in the custody of the BOC for further examination and evaluation.

In another news, the Bureau of Customs on Monday intercepted an estimated P24.4 million worth of Misoprostol (Cytotec), co-amoxiclav pills at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3.

NAIA Customs personnel stopped two Filipino passengers on board SQ918 Flight from Singapore, Reuben Jesse Bautista and Glenn More Gaddi, after their baggage showed image irregularity during the x-ray examination.

The customs examiner, who conducted the examination in the presence of the customs appraisers, Enforcement Security Service agent, Customs Anti-Illegal Drugs Task Force (CAIDTF) supervisor, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and Xray Inspection Project agents, found 34,910 tablets of Pfizer Cytotec Misoprostol 200 UG; 40,000 tablets of oral Pfizer Cytotec Comprimidos Misoprostol 200 MCG; and 3,500 tablets of Augmentin 625 MF Film Tablet Co-Amoxiclav after conducting 100% physical examination. CAIDTF agents confirmed that the seized tablets are used for illegal abortion.

Customs agents requested the suspects to present the import declaration and corresponding Food and Drug Administration import permit but they failed to declare their importation and the corresponding FDA import permit which led to the seizure of the baggage.

The deputy collector for passenger services recommended a warrant of seizure and detention to NAIA District Collector Edgar Macabeo for violation of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act Section 118, Bureau of Food and Drugs advisory no. 02-02ii and Food, Drugs, Devices and Cosmetics Act.

The three baggage are now at the In-Bond Room at Terminal 3 while the investigation is still pending.#