MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) is warning the public against buying empty container vans without securing the required permits.
The agency said that before purchasing, buyers should first ensure that taxes of empty container vans have been paid.
“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. 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,” said BOC’s Manila International Container Port district collector Elmir Dela Cruz.
A number of advertisements for “empty containers for sale” have been circulating following the seizure of around 160 container vans that had been overstaying at the MICP for over 150 days.
Under Section 2530 of the Tariff and Customs Code, district or port collectors are allowed to seize empty container vans that have been overstaying at the ports for security and safety reasons.
Overstaying container vans have also been a cause of congestion at Manila ports.
The BOC said it has instructed shipping lines, private service providers and freight forwarders not to process the overstaying empty containers and to report any processing done on any of these.
Details of the empty container vans are listed at the BOC website.
Container vans are commonly used for mobile homes and offices as well as for modular, low-cost housing units, and are popular in the niche market for homes that use renewable and recycled materials.