BOC destroys a luxury car, cigarettes and cigarette-making machines
In its relentless effort to prevent illicit trade and other customs fraud, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) on July 23, 2019, destroyed one (1) unit Ferrari car, twelve (12) units cigarette-making machines and more than 1,000 master cases of various brands of counterfeit cigarettes.
Undersecretary Jesus Melchor V. Quitain, OIC, Office of the Special Assistant to the President, witnessed the destruction of the said items at the PUC Parking Bureau of Customs Compound, Port Area, Manila.
The Ferrari, initially declared as used auto spare parts, arrived at the Port of Manila (POM) on May 13, 2019 and was declared abandoned and forfeited pursuant to Section 1129 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA). It was only upon physical examination that our customs examiner found out that the shipment actually contained a Ferrari with both doors and the hub dismantled from the main body.
Meanwhile, fake cigarettes and imported cigarette-making machines were seized in February of this year by the elements of BOC-Enforcement and Security Service (ESS) from a warehouse located in Barangay Bagacay, Tacloban City, after failing to present proof of payment of duties and taxes.
Warrants of Seizure and Detention (WSD) were issued against the said machines which were eventually forfeited under Sections 1401 and 1113 of the CMTA. While several master cases of counterfeit cigarettes were seized pursuant to the said provisions of the CMTA and RA 8293, otherwise known as the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines.
The seizure and destruction of the said goods serve as a warning to smugglers and manufacturers of fake cigarettes. This is in line with the directive of Secretary of Finance Carlos Dominguez to the Bureau to closely monitor the importation and manufacture of illegal cigarettes.
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE (PIO) Bureau of Customs G/F OCOM Building, South Harbor (Port of Manila), Manila Landline: (+632) 527-8259 Fax: (+632) 527-1968
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