Customs seizes 80-seater plane over alleged unpaid taxes

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 16 2018 03:52 PM | Updated as of Jul 16 2018 05:13 PM

Bureau of Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena and NAIA District Collector Carmelita Talusan inspect the 80-seater aircraft operated by Skyjet and owned by Magnum Air, Inc. at the hangar of General Aviation Area, after its failure to pay customs duties and taxes from the time of importation. ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The Bureau of Customs on Monday seized an 80-seater aircraft of Magnum Air Inc., operator of Skyjet Airlines, which it said was being used for commercial flights without paying taxes.

The aircraft, worth P583.6 million, was flagged by the district collector of Subic port when authorities could not find any record of import entry filed by the owner.

The bureau directed the company to pay around P90,000 for aircraft customs duties and taxes on top of penalties and charges.

Magnum Air appealed the seizure and the bureau set a hearing at its legal service office.

Once the order of forfeiture is final, the aircraft will undergo public auction. -- Report from April Rafales, ABS-CBN News