P10 million worth of vehicles concealed in ‘ukay-ukay’ shipment seized

As the Bureau of Customs (BOC) enhances its intelligence and border security efforts, the Bureau through the Manila International Container Port’s Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (MICP-CIIS) on May 26, 2021 seized four (4) vehicles suspected of being smuggled into the country.

Acting on derogatory information, the shipment was alerted and was subjected to 100% examination. Upon inspection 40 bales of ukay-ukay was discovered to conceal 4 vehicles which were identified as 1 unit of Porsche Boxter Sports Car, 1 Unit Mercedes Benz SLK Sports Car and 2 Toyota MR-S Sports Cars.

The vehicles were consigned to a certain JLFDM Consumer Goods Trading originated from Japan and was declared as auto spare parts. The apprehended goods were estimated to have a value of Php 10 Million. A Warrant of Seizure and Detention (WSD) was immediately issued against the shipment for possible violation of Section 1400 of RA 10863 otherwise known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).

The latest apprehension is part of MICP-CIIS’ COPLAN TSEKOT which is aimed to curb smuggling of vehicles through MICP.

As the Bureau continue to implement anti-smuggling measures, MICP under the leadership of BOC Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero remains active in performing border security efforts against smugglers. CUSTOMS.GOV.PH