Customs seizes 38 used cars imported through Port Irene

Posted at 02/21/2014 10:03 AM | Updated as of 02/21/2014 10:10 AM

MANILA - The Bureau of Customs on Friday issued warrants of seizure for 38 used cars imported through Port Irene in Sta. Ana, Cagayan.

The 38 cars are part of 800 secondhand cars that were imported in three batches by Fenix (CEZA) International.

The first shipment of 347 used cars from South Korea arrived in December 24, 2013. Another batch of 266 units arrived last January 3, 2014 and the last batch of 234 units arrived on January 27.

Customs Commissioner John Sevilla said the importation of used cars is prohibited under Executive Order 156 except for light trucks and special purpose vehicles such as ambulances.

Sevilla instructed Leilani Alameda, acting District Collector of Customs in Port Irene, to stop the processing of documents that will allow the release of the used cars from the free zone.

In 2002, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo issued EO 156 banning the importation of used vehicles in an effort to boost the sales of new motor vehicles in the country.

She later issued EO 418, which modified the tariff rates of imported used vehicles.