THE consignees of 112 units of Italian-made scooters worth approximately P28 million, seized at the Port of Subic, were given 10 days to correct the unit prices and pay the corresponding taxes.

Port of Subic-Bureau of Customs (BOC) District Collector Arnulfo Marcos issued a warrant of seizure and detention (WSD) on the Vespa brand scooters last February 16, on request of Subic Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) Officer In-Charge Manolo Arevalo.

The scooters, Model 2014 PX 150 with cylinder capacity of 150cc , which arrived on board APL-Atlanta last September 11, 2014, were consigned to Granstar Premiere Sports Corp.

They arrived on board the APL- Atlanta last September 11 under Registry No. APL-0003-14, in container vans APHU-7412285 and TRLU-566750. The shipment was covered by Bill of Lading No. ES01070014 under entry No. C-5061.

The composite team that recommended the issuance of a Warrant of Seizure and Detention (WSD) , was composed of Customs Examiner Veronica Granados, and officers on case IG Agent Teodorico Tobias, and Special Agents Reyeristo Ruanto Jr., and Ruperto Sulit Jr.,

Arevalo examined the papers, and immediately asked Marcos to issue an alert order on the shipment after verification of the price of the scooters conducted by the BOC (Import Assessment Service (AIS) confirmed that the shipment was, indeed, undervalued undervalued by more than 30 percent.

Marcos later directed Lt. Paul Oandasan, chief of the Subic Enforcement and Security Service-Customs Police Department (ESS-CPD), to implement WSD.

Oandasan, however, was reportedly forced to return the ESD due to lack of storage facilities in the ESS holding area.

The seized scooters are currently house at the Gateway Imdustrial Park. Oandasan later suggested to Marcos the advisability of keeping the scooters where they are at present, and you would make sure the containers are well secured the containers sealed and properly locked.

Should the consignees fail to pay the correct taxes, the scooters will be auctioned out to raise additional funds for the government.

Charges will be also filed against the owners of the consignees and their Customs broker for violating the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines.

For the success in foiling the undervaluation attempt, Marcos awarded the members of the composite team headed by Arevalo with certificates of recognition.

The team includes IA-II Teodorico Tabias, operations officer SA-II Raycristo Ruanto, Jr., Intelligence Analyst SA-I Ruperto Sulit Jr., and four data analysts- Aldrin Adraneda, Kevin Ebalo, Katherine Dorsy Pinon and Krizia Mari Sasan.  (BY WILLIE E. CAPULONG and JUN MORALDE)


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