Car owners have to wait longer for license plates – Manila port

MANILA, Philippines – The management of the Manila International Container Port (MICP) said on Thursday, March 10, that it will take a while before the shipments of some 600,000 license plates get released.

Vehicle owners have paid for these license plates with the Land Transportation Office, and have been waiting for their release for several months, or even a year, now.

When the license plates finally arrived at the port in 11 container vans, Knierim BV Goes and Power Plates Development Concept Incorporated (JKG-PPI), the supplier, did not claim them, thus incurring taxes and duties of up to P40 million. They were considered abandoned shipments.

Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Alberto Lina gave JKG-PPI an ultimatum to settle its obligations within a week from February 29.

A week after the deadline, JKG-PPI appeared before the MICP, according to the port’s Auction and Cargo Disposal Division head Gerry Macatangay. They said they filed an appeal with the BOC to lift the “abandoned” status of the shipments.

Only when the abandonment status is changed can JKG-PPI file an import entry with the MICP, said Ric Ricarte, chief of MICP’s Formal Entry Division.

The Department of Transportation and Communications awarded the P3.8-billion contract to JKG-PPI, a joint venture, for the License Plates Standardization Program of the LTO, but it failed to deliver.

In May 2015, two years after the Dutch-Filipino firm got the contract, state auditors said it had ordered the LTO to stop paying the supplier. –