By Betheena Kae Unite
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) seized various counterfeit goods, mostly bags and beauty products worth P2 billion from several storage units in Binondo, Manila Monday afternoon.
A team from the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service, Customs-Intellectual Property Rights Division and the Armed Forces of the Philippines, armed with a Letter of Authority signed by Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero, trooped to the storage units suspected to contain bulks of fake goods.
The fake items that were uncovered bore the brands of Nike, Emporio Armani, Hello Kitty, Swissgear, Iron Man, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Anello, Columbia, Gucci, Chanel, and Prada, among others.
Counterfeit beauty and skin products, shoes, and watch, bearing the names of popular brands were also found in the units.
According to the bureau, prior to the operation, they received an information and a complaint from Baranda & Associates that various imported counterfeit products were stored inside the storage units.
The items were seized for violation of Republic Act 8293, otherwise known as the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines and Section 118 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.
“The Bureau of Customs is relentless in its drive against smuggling of fake products in order to protect legitimate businesses that are diligent in paying duties and taxes that are due the government,” Deputy Commissioner Raniel Ramiro of the Intelligence Group said.