Bureau of Customs (BOC) officials on Thursday inspected misdeclared goods worth PHP12.1 million that were intercepted at the Manila International Container Port (MICP).
In a statement, Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero said the items, which were seized on Monday, include a used Bentley car and a used Hino truck with crane.
The shipment was declared as used forklift, used diesel engine, and other household goods. However, a full physical examination revealed that it contained the used vehicles and other items.
District Collector Erastus Sandino Austria issued a warrant of seizure and detention against the shipment on Wednesday.
MICP records show that the shipment came from Japan and arrived on Dec. 17, 2018. It was processed by customs broker Tomas James Ydel delos Santos of Sampaloc, Manila.
The misdeclared shipment was consigned to Pulilan Motors Truck Rebuilding, which is owned by a certain Agustin Mariano Esguerra of 220 Esguerra St., Balatong B, Pulilan, Bulacan.
The owner and the customs broker will also face criminal raps for violation of Section 1400 (Misdeclaration, Misclassification, Undervaluation in Goods Declaration) in relation to Section 1113 (Property Subject to Seizure and Forfeiture) of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.
The BOC chief added that the Customs accreditation of the consignee and the customs broker will be revoked immediately.