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Saturday, December 04, 2004

3 luxury vehicles worth some P4 M

Three luxury vehicles worth some R4 million were seized yesterday by operatives of the Bureau of Customs (BoC) and the Anti-Smuggling Task Force of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) at the Naval Supply Depot here.

Gen. (retired) Jose Calimlim, SBMA’s senior deputy administrator for port operations, led the opening of one of 40 40-footer container vans that resulted in the seizure of one Mitsubishi Delica passenger van, one Mercedes Benz sports car and one Toyota Prado vehicle.

Calimlim said that the declared price of the Mercedes Benz sports car is only $550, noting that the actual bookshelf price of the vehicle is $34,000.
The declared value of the Toyota Prado was also $550, while the Mitsubishi Delica had a declared value of $450.
The three vehicles have a total declared value of $1,550.

Newly appointed Subic Port Customs Collector Marietta Zamoranos said that the shipment was consigned to Bayshore General Merchandise (BGM) and was declared to contain one used passenger van and two used utility vehicles.

Zamoranos said it appears that BGM violated Executive Order No. 384 which provides that only heavy machinery and equipment, and their spare parts, along with raw materials and essential consumer products not produced locally, are allowed to be imported.

During the opening of the shipment, Calimlim questioned BGM representative Boy Nadar about the whereabouts of BGM president Repoldo C. Nadar and the other consignees.

The shipment, which was among 40 container vans that arrived at the Port of Subic last Nov. 5 with admission number A31335, came from Yokohama, Japan aboard SL Lightning vessel.

The seized vehicles were placed under the custody of the Bureau of Customs. Meanwhile, the Department of Justice is preparing to file a case in connection with the shipment.

General Calimlim said that according to his informants, there could be more smuggled luxury vehicles in the other container vans that have yet to be opened.


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