2 face raps for fake Chanel, Louis Vuitton shipment

By Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 07 2013 05:18 PM | Updated as of Feb 08 2013 01:18 AM

MANILA – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) filed smuggling charges against an importer and broker for a P315 million importation of alleged counterfeit signature fabrics from China.

Charged were Ronaldo A. Cruz, owner of import firm TRIO, and Merrian A. Misula, his alleged broker.

Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) personnel at the Manila International Container Port (MICP) seized a 40-footer container van that declared contents of 1,212 packages fabric.

The shipment arrived at the MICP last Jan. 11.

The shipment allegedly turned out to be fake Mickey Mouse, Chanel and Louis Vuitton fabrics.

The respondents were charged for violations of the Tariffs and Customs Code.