MANILA - Authorities have so far seized P40 million worth of counterfeit beauty products and shoes at the country's main airport this year, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said Tuesday.
Among items confiscated from January until this month were 6,500 pieces of Goree beauty products, 111 pairs of rubber shoes, and 119 packages of glutathione products that lack government approval, BOC Commissioner Isidro Lapeña told reporters.
Most of the products were Chinese-made and came from the mainland, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia and Abu Dhabi.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last year banned Goree products, saying these contain “toxic mercury levels beyond the 1 parts per million [limit] set by the agency.”
The branded shoes, meanwhile, were illegally shipped from Italy and consigned to a certain Associated Freight Consolidators, said Lapeña.
Some of the shoes, which included knock-offs of brands like Nike, Adidas and Balenciaga, will be auctioned off or donated to the Department of Social Welfare and Development, he said.
The other products will be destroyed within 40 days.
The BOC said it was coordinating with its international counterparts to track down manufacturers of the fake items. The bureau has yet to make any arrests.
The bureau said it has also confiscated 13 skimming devices from passengers from China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Indonesia in the last 6 months.