The agency is encouraging the public to place bids
It looks like the Bureau of Customs' (BOC) days of crushing seized luxury cars have come to an end.During a press briefing, BOC commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero bared that the agency will no longer destroy seized luxury vehicles. Instead, the agency
That’s huge
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) wasn't able to sell all of the seized luxury cars that it put up for bidding back in December, which is why the agency had to auction them off to the public for another round this
Viewing will happen this week, and sealed bids will be opened on December 13
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) recently made headlines when it announced that it will be auctioning off some of the imported luxury cars in its possession in lieu of a public demolition. The sale will be carried out through sealed bidding later
It’s almost final
The local auto industry's car import safeguard saga appears to be coming to a close.According to a recent report by the Manila Bulletin, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez has already signed an order halting the imposition
A technical working group has been formed
A technical working group (TWG) composed of automotive industry stakeholders and resource persons with the goal of "fine-tuning" a bill aimed at expediting the registration of imported vehicles has been formed by the House of Representatives.House Bill 6455, which was
LTO, Customs to release withheld plates
Yep. This is what you think it is.This photo was posted by Rox Verzosa on Facebook, and then reshared by Land Transportation Office chief Atty. Roberto Cabrera. The image shows Cabrera shaking hands with Customs commissioner Alberto Lina. The story, according
Let's hope more will follow after this
The Bureau of Internal Revenue has filed a tax evasion case against a luxury car importer, after an investigation found that the company had failed to declare hundreds of millions worth of income from 2013 to 2014.The accused, Eddie Mitra Estallo
Bureau of Customs withholds 14 luxury cars
We all know the Bureau of Customs is a fetid cesspool inhabited by corrupt people. Where else can an ordinary employee in the Philippines afford a Porsche? But to be fair to those concerned, there are still righteous individuals who aspire to
A Bureau of Customs story
NOTE: This piece was originally published by The Manila Times on February 26, 2008. The author is resharing it here in light of the recent developments at the Bureau of Customs.Call it serendipitous or divine, but I found myself washing down
How unscrupulous personnel make kickbacks
By all accounts and indications, the Bureau of Customs is one of the most corrupt branches of government. In fact, if you ask the President, he\'ll have this to say about the notorious agency (as lifted from his 2013 State of
Reportedly worth P45 million
Bureau of Customs commissioner Ruffy Biazon has just revealed through his Facebook page that his agency recently intercepted a 2012 McLaren MP4-12C being imported into the country using fraudulent documents.Though nothing specific was mentioned as to why the documents were
Say goodbye to B-plate cars
It's official: The Land Transportation Office has announced that it will uphold "the constitutionality and legality of Executive Order 156" and go after used vehicles that were imported illegally into the Philippines."We would like to warn the general public and
Can government sustain the drive?
The government is doing a good job of curbing vehicle smuggling in the country, according to the Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturers Association of the Philippines (MVPMAP). The group of auto-parts makers specifically lauded the Bureau of Customs "for its renewed efforts
What's next for her then?
Former Universal Motors Corporation's (UMC) chief operating officer and ex- Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers in the Philippines (CAMPI) president Elizabeth Lee is not the next Bureau of Customs commissioner after all. President Benigno Aquino III has reportedly said he has yet
Is this the solution to rampant car-smuggling?
If whispers in the upper echelons of the local car industry are to be believed, the lady president of the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines could be the next commissioner of the Bureau of Customs.There are talks among high-
Why it's currently taking forever to secure documents
Centralization and computerization are necessary elements of modernization. One can't keep up with the times without adapting to the high-tech methods of doing things. There's just no place for the typewriter in a business that serves thousands of customers.
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