Customs Seized P2B Worth of Fake Products Discovered at Baclaran Warehouse
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) operatives found P2 billion worth of fake products in a warehouse in Baclaran, Parañaque City.
In a warehouse, counterfeit goods worth P2 billion were uncovered, ranging from trademark branded clothing to beauty products. The storage facility had a variety of Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Onitsuka Tiger, Vans, Adidas, Nike, JBL, Sony, and Jordan footwear and clothes.
Fake personal care items were discovered at the warehouse, including Cetaphil, Pantene, Head & Shoulders, Vaseline, Jergens, Dove, Nivea, Glutamax, Kojic, Joe Malone, Bulgari, D&G, Channel, Victoria’s Secret, Hugo Boss, and Clinique.
The commodities were imported and held in the warehouse before being distributed to local markets, according to BOC. A team from the Port of Manila’s Intellectual Property Rights Division (IPRD)–Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) investigated the facility in Baclaran.
The operation was part of the bureau’s efforts to combat smuggling and the spread of counterfeit goods. The articles were confiscated for alleged violations of Republic Act (RA) No. 10863, commonly known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA), and Republic Act (RA) No. 8293, commonly known as the Philippine Intellectual Property Code (IPCP).
“The seizure is one of the bureau’s biggest seizures of counterfeit goods in 2021,” Guerrero said, while stressing that the fake perfumes, cosmetic and beauty products may contain toxic chemicals that are harmful to health.
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