MANILA, Philippines – Around P70 million worth of smuggled counterfeit goods were discovered in an inspection conducted in Binondo, Manila by the Bureau of Customs (BOC).
In a statement, the BOC said the counterfeit items were found on Tuesday inside 70 storage units of a shopping mall.
The operation, jointly held by the BOC, the Armed Forces of the Philippines Joint Task Force NCRb-CL, was launched after the bureau received information and complaints from a firm called Baranda & Associates.
During the operation, authorities found suspected replica items bearing the logos of local and international brands like Coach, Long Champ, Louis Vuitton, Lacoste, Dove, Lux, Prada, Gucci, Chanel, Kate Spade, Tommy Hilfiger, Nike, among others.
The BOC said representative samples of the items will be forwarded to its respective brand owners to verify its authenticity.
The bureau reiterated that importation of infringing goods is prohibited under the Republic Act No. 10863, otherwise known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.
On October 18, 2019, the BOC turned over P58 million worth of confiscated smuggled and likely fake goods to the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines for condemnation.
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