BoC seized two luxury cars at the NAIA due to alleged violation of importation laws

By Benjie Lim Vergara

Bureau of Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña Photo ©

THE Bureau of Customs-Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Thursday seized two preowned Porsche Boxster from Germany after its alleged consignee, Don Bosco Technical Institute of Makati Inc., failed to produce the necessary importation papers for the luxury vehicles.

Customs District III Collector Carmelita Talusan said the used vehicles, Porsche Boxster S and Porsche Panamera 4S which respectively has 200 and 1,000 kilometers recorded on its odometers, had a total estimated value of PhP28 million. She also said the cars arrived in the country via Malaysia Airlines on August 5, 2017, and consigned to Don Bosco Technical Institute of Makati, Inc.

The vehicles have been sitting at the port since then, which prompted the BoC to issue a Warrant of Seizure and Detention (WSD) for it.

Customs authorities, citing the importation records, said the two expensive cars were “allegedly intended to be used for training purposes.”

However, Talusan, said, based on the Import Regulations Division of Department of Trade and Industry, the consignee of the two Porsche cars violated Executive Order No. 156 which prohibits the importation of used motor vehicles.

Talusan added, the consignee has no authority to import used motor vehicles which are still required even if the intention is for training purpose of any school.

Meanwhile, BoC Commissioner Isidro Lapeña said “only special purpose vehicles can have exemptions like fire trucks, ambulances, funeral hearses, crane lorries, boom trucks, tanker trucks, reefers, street sweepers, mixers, garbage compactors and special purpose trucks/vehicles.”

Lapeña said the luxury cars would undergo forfeiture proceedings and would be later be subjected to destruction.

According to the BoC, the customs duty and taxes for of each luxury cars is PhP4,965, 561 (Boxster S) and PhP 7,512,477 (Boxster Panamera 4S). It added that the consignee can file a letter for request for redemption, but that would be subject for approval.


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Benjie Vergara
A veteran reporter covering the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. He is currently writing for Manila Times, the Philippines' oldest newspaper.

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