Date Published: November 4, 2021
Smuggled jet skis, motorcycles seized in Manila port
MANILA – Bureau of Customs (BOC) officers at the Port of Manila (POM) have seized a container loaded with used jet skis, motorcycles, and other items with an estimated value of PHP3.9 million.
In a statement Thursday, POM District Collector Michael Angelo Vargas said the shipment loaded in a 40-footer container was apprehended on November 2.
Upon the request of Enforcement Security Service (ESS) personnel, he added that the container was physically examined and yielded around 45 units of various used motorcycles and bicycles, used and brand-new rims, two units of jet skis, and other assorted household effects.
The cargo which was declared as electric motors, e-bikes, sofa, and cabinet arrived at the Manila South Harbor from Japan on Oct. 3 and was consigned to Fastside Consumer Goods Trading.
Subsequently, the derogatory information received from the Intelligence Group (IG) led to the issuance of an alert order on October 29.
Vargas has issued warrants of seizure and detention against the entire shipment for violation of Section 1400 “Misdeclaration, Misclassification, and Undervaluation in Goods Declaration” in relation to Section 1113 “Property Subject Seizure and Forfeiture” of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act. (PNA)
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