The Bureau of Customs (BOC), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has confiscated around P150-million worth of smuggled car parts from China, disguised as manufactured parts from Japan.
The car parts were discovered during a raid at the Maxtro Marketing Corporation and Bestat Auto Parts Corp. compound in Barangay Talipapa, Quezon City, a BOC statement said on Saturday.
The HOC said, during the inspection, the raiding team found five warehouses inside the compound where several and various spare parts, car accessories, truck parts, auto parts, and other items from Japanese car manufacturers were stored.
However, also found in the compound were several packaging materials imprinted with “Made in Japan”.
According to the BOC, repackaging inferior and substandard car parts and marking them as Japanese brands was a means of duping buyers.
The BOC Intelligence Group warned the public to be wary of such scams being run by some businessmen./Stacy Ang