Customs authorities seize over P556-Million worth of “Class A” counterfeit goods at the Manila International Container Port on Thursday. Director Willie Tolentino (left) of the Enforcement and Security Service of the Bureau of Customs inspects the seized items with Intellectual Property Office Director Frisco Guce (right).
MANILA – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) seized on Thursday P556 million worth of counterfeit goods bearing both local and foreign brand names.
The goods arrived in two separate shipments at the Manila International Container Port (MICP) from China.
The first shipment, a 20-foot container van that arrived in March, contained 5,000 pieces of fake apparel labeled with brands such as “Nike,” “Adidas,” “US Polo,” “Lee,” “Aeropostale” and “H&M.”
The consignee, Bangladesh Business Corporation, declared the importation consisted of unbranded T-shirts, cargo short pants, leggings and plastic slippers.
The second shipment, a 40-foot container that arrived in May, contained 15,960 assorted undeclared items consisting of counterfeit luxury bags bearing brand names “Hermes Evelyne,” “Hermes Lindy,” “Ralph Lauren Ricky,” “Tory Burch Ella,” “Prada Saffiano Lux,” “Celine Phantom,” “Michael Kors Selma,” “Michael Kors Jet Set,” and “Burberry Susana.”
Also found were fake “Fitflop Fleur” sandals; “Lacoste” wallets and tote bags; “Ray-Ban” eyewear; as well as clothing and footwear bearing local brands “Onesimus” and “Una Rosa.”
“What is alarming to us is that even local brands are victims of counterfeiting which will cause more harm to our entrepreneurs, causing them to become unprofitable and unproductive, which, in the end, may threaten hundreds of jobs,” said Willie Tolentino, BOC Director of the Enforcement and Security Service.
The second shipment was consigned to NSGV Trading and was declared to contain assorted women’s blouses; polyester cotton fabric; polyester women’s pants, jackets, coats and scarves; board paper; ladies’ canvas shoes; PVC flooring; assorted plastic cases; belts and caps; and skateboards.
However, the owner of NSGV Trading denied ownership of the shipment, prompting authorities to inspect the goods.
The consignees and their customs brokers are being investigated for smuggling-related cases as well as violation of Republic Act (RA) 8293, or the Intellectual Property (IP) Code of the Philippines.
BOC said the seized fake goods will be destroyed.