Importer of fake Vuitton, Hermes bags face smuggling charges

by Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 04 2014 02:14 PM | Updated as of Sep 05 2014 04:16 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Bureau of Customs (BOC) filed smuggling charges against a trading firm for allegedly illegally importing counterfeit products from China with an estimated market value of over P300 million.

Charged before the Department of Justice (DOJ) is Noel Villaflor, owner and proprietor of NSGV Trading, and customs broker Sherjun Saldon.

Both are also facing charges for violation of Republic Act (RA) No. 8293, also known as the Intellectual Property (IP) Code of the Philippines, and the Revised Penal Code, for falsifying public documents.

The respondents are allegedly responsible for the illegal importation of 600 cartons of "Class A" counterfeit bags such as Hermes "Evelyne" and "Lindy," Ralph Lauren "Ricky," Tory Burch "Ella," Prada "Saffiano Lux," Celine "Phantom," Michael Kors "Selma" and "Jet Set," and Burberry "Susana. They also imported Lacoste products and Ray-Ban eyewear, among others.

The shipment alllegedly arrived at the Manila International Container Port on May 13.

Customs Commissioner John Sevilla said the BOC is in close coordination with brand owners and appropriate government agencies under IP Task Force National Committee on Intellectual Property Rights (NCIPR) to step-up the drive against fake products.