BOC: Check first before buying empty container vans

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014


THE Bureau of Customs (BOC) is warning those interested in purchasing empty container vans to seek clearance from the agency first before closing any sale.

The warning comes after numerous advertisements for “empty containers for sale” were posted following the seizure of some 160 containers that had been overstaying for more than 150 days at the Manila International Container Port (MCIP).

“Interested buyers should inquire first with the Bureau of Customs-MICP on whether or not the duties and taxes, including penalties, on these empty containers have been duly paid,” Elmir Dela Cruz, BOC-MCIP district collector, said in a notice.

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“To avoid lawsuits or any inconvenience, parties interested to purchase any of these empty containers must secure certification or a certified true copy of the official receipt representing proof of payment of duties and taxes, including penalties, at the Bureau of Customs,” he added.

Section 2530 of the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines allows the District Collector or Port Collector to seize, for security and safety reasons, overstaying empties.

The BOC said it has instructed shipping lines, private service providers and freight forwarders not to process these empty containers and to report any such cases od processing being done. (Portcalls)

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on August 19, 2014.

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