'Chop-chop' cars from Japan seized

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Monday, May 26, 2014

THE Bureau of Customs (BOC) District 12 seized on Friday a 40-foot container van filled with nine "chop-chop" vehicles from Japan at the Port of Davao in Sasa.

BOC District 12 public information officer Fatima Espino, in a statement sent through email to Sun.Star Davao, said the shipment was consigned to Sofrich Trading.

BOC District 12 collector retired Army General Ernesto Aradanas issued an alert order on Thursday after discrepancies were noted in the declaration of the shipment. The bill of lading showed that the shipment contained used replacement parts for light truck yet the inward manifest showed "nine units."


The Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service then conducted a spot check on the container van with container number TGHU7242277 and found out that the shipment contained one unit used Honda vehicle, four units of semi-chopped Honda Fit, five units of chop-chop Isuzu Multi-cabs and assorted car seats.

Aradanas has issued a warrant of seizure and detention on the shipment for violation Section 2503 Undervaluation, Misclassification and Misdeclaration in Entry of the Republic Act 1937 or the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 27, 2014.

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