A team comprised of personnel from the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) seized an estimated 1.5 billion pesos worth of various contraband goods, fake luxury items and manufacturing materials from cigarettes in a warehouse located in Valenzuela. City, authorities revealed on Friday, July 15.
The Joint Team served a Letter of Authorization (LOA) and Mission Order (MO) issued by Commissioner of Customs Rey Leonardo Guerrero on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 to representatives of C Teknik Development Corporation located at 143 CP Gregorio St. , Lingunan, Valenzuela City to inspect the warehouse.
The estimated 1.5 billion pesos worth of smuggled goods from China consists of the following: imported construction materials, household items, kitchen utensils, household appliances and consumer electronic lighting products.
Fake luxury items from designer brands such as Christian Dior, Gucci, Michael Kors, Coach, Guess, Nike, Adidas, Hello Kitty and Jordan were also found inside the premises.
Inspection of the warehouse also uncovered beauty and hygiene products such as soaps from Cetaphil, Safeguard, Nivea, Johnson & Johnson and others.
In addition to imported goods infringing intellectual property rights (IPRs) of luxury brands, the team comprised of BOC, through the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) of Manila International Container Port (MICP), and AFP found a hidden storage facility. cigarette raw materials, such as tobacco filler and filter rod.
“We almost missed this (storage facility) as it was hidden behind layers of bubble wrap and boxes. We first had to remove them when inspecting to see the storage area,” said the head of the CIIS-MICP, Alvin Enciso.
Guerrero thanked the BOC-AFP team for bringing the operators of these illegal businesses to justice, stressing the need now more than ever to protect the market.
According to Enciso, the team temporarily placed padlocks and seals on the entrance and exit doors of the warehouse.
The inventory was completed by assigned customs examiners on Thursday, July 14, while CIIS and warehouse representatives appeared as witnesses.
The Department of Commerce and Industry-Bureau of Commodity Standards (DTI-BPS) has already dispatched inspectors in close coordination with the BOC while subject goods are regulated by the agency.
A Warrant of Seizure and Detention will be issued against the goods in question for violation of RA 8293 or the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines, in connection with Section 117 (Restricted Goods), Section 118 (Prohibited Goods) and Section 1113 (property subject to seizure and forfeiture) of the Customs Modernization and Tariffs Act (CMTA).
Those responsible for smuggling items found in the warehouse will also face appropriate legal action, according to BOC.
SUBSCRIBE TO THE DAILY NEWSLETTER
CLICK HERE TO JOIN