Bureau of Customs unable to dispose 800+ high-end confiscated cars

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) is in the middle of a dilemma.

They have more than 800 luxury cars rotting away in Aparri in the province of Cagayan. They want to donate it to other government agencies, but no one wants it.

Plus, there’s that law (EO 443) stating they can’t donate a vehicle to any government agency if it has a local market price of over Php 1.3 million or an engine size of more than 3,000cc.

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What do they do? Well, that’s the dilemma.

“We are working to dispose of these stranded vehicles but some agencies refused or turned down our donations due to the repair and maintenance (cost) of the cars,” said Aparri BOC district collector Arienito Claveria.

Government agencies like the PNP, AFP, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, and other LGUs have turned down these vehicles, most likely due to EO 443, but also because after being exposed to the elements since their seizure in 2012, these vehicles are now in major disrepair.

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Most of these automobiles are passenger vehicles that range from big trucks like Hummers, vans like the Toyota Alphard and the Nissan Serena, and various other exotic two-door sports cars.

According to the BOC, aside from paying for the restoration of these vehicles, the recipient of these confiscated vehicles are responsible for processing its paperwork with the Department of Finance and the Land Transportation

While we don't doubt that some of these vehicles are luxury models, the majority of these are probably average passenger models based on these photos taken by Brando Rosales of MotoPinas during one of his recent northern rides.