The Bureau of Customs (BOC), through its Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service-Intellectual Property Rights Division (CIIS-IPRD), seized counterfeit items, ukay-ukay, and other products that fail to comply with the Department of Trade and Industry’s safety standards on 25 April 2022. The goods were found to have an estimated value of Php 800,000,000.00.
Armed with a Letters of Authority (LOA) issued by BOC Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero, the implementing team composed of personnel from the CIIS-IPRD, BOC-Port of Manila (POM), National Bureau of Investigation – National Capital Region, and the Armed Forces of the Philippines inspected the warehouses located at 17 Omega Street, Don Pablo, Rincon, Valenzuela City.
Prior sealing the subject warehouses, BOC examiners, in the presence of CIIS and the AFP operatives, conducted the initial inventory of goods comprising of various items and goods bearing the brands Mickey Mouse, Tribal, Jag, Nike, Adidas, Jordan, Honda, Dior, Louis Vuitton, among others.
The concerned representatives of the respective warehouses were informed by the implementing team to provide importation documents and other pertinent permits covering all goods found thereat. In addition, further investigation is underway for other possible violations of the Republic Act (R.A.) 4653, Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines (R.A. 8293), Consumer Act of the Philippines (R.A. 7394), and the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (R.A. 10863).
The Bureau of Customs, under the leadership of Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero, remains firm in implementing its mandates of border protection, trade facilitation, and revenue collection to protect the interest of the Philippine government and the well-being of its people.