Monday 6 November 2017

Customs seized 18 luxury cars worth more than P107 Million

Considered as one of the most corrupt agency in the government, wherein  the 1st appointed official resigned because of allegations of graft and corruption. A new face was introduced to remedy the disease that hampers the government to make full use of the revenues it gets.

It seems Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña is up to the task at hand in the Bureau of Customs (BOC).

The BOC seized eighteen luxury cars worth more than P107 million due to under evaluation and failure to present the Authority To Release Imported Goods (ATRIG) from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR). Customs chief Isidro Lapena led the inspection on November 6. *

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In a statement on Monday, the BOC said the shipments arrived at the Manila International Container Port on separate dates from October 13 to 19, containing 12 Toyota Land Cruisers, three Range Rovers, two Chevrolet Camaros, and one McLaren.

The shipments arrived at the Manila International Container Port (MICP) from October 13 to 19. Among the seized vehicles are twelve (12) units Toyota Land Cruisers, three (3) units Range Rovers, two (2) units Chevrolet Camaro, and one (1) unit McLaren. All the cars are of current models, according to the BOC.

"If we did not alert these shipments, these could have been released from Customs custody without the required ATRIG and correct valuation," said BOC commissioner Isidro Lapeña.

"The fact that the importer cannot produce the BIR clearance and declare the correct value of shipments send a signal that something is questionable with the shipments," Lapeña noted.

An ATRIG is issued by the BIR, addressed to the BOC commissioner, which authorizes imported goods to be released from Customs once the right duties and taxes have been paid, or proof of exemption from paying taxes and duties has been presented.

The vehicles came from Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates, and the United States. The units were examined at the container yard of nearby International Container Terminal Services Inc. on October 23. *

The shipments is consigned to a Gamma Gray Marketing were processed by Customs broker Roy Lasdoce.

BOC chair has ordered the bureau to investigate the customs broker and the consignee’s permit to import luxury cars and determine their liability to possible violations of Revenue Regulation Nos. 2-2016 and 25-2003 and Sections 1400 of the Republic Act No. 10863 or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act of 2016.

"This is a blatant disregard of Customs rules on importation. I am sure traders know what is required when bringing luxury vehicles into the country. I appeal to all importers not to disregard Customs laws or else you will face the consequences of your malpractice," Lapeña said.

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