The Bureau of Customs (BOC) seized P240 million worth of fake branded items at the Port of Subic (PoS).
The BOC-PoS headed by District Collector Carmelita Talusan, CESO V, received an intelligence report results to confiscate the two 40-footer container shipments declared to contain T-shirts.
During the inspection with Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Chairman and Administrator Jonathan D. Tan discovered items bore trademarks and copyrighted materials without the required authorization from the rights holders.Some of the items that were discovered inside the 1,269 boxes were fake luxury brands such as Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton, Lacoste, and other brands like Adidas, Calvin Klein, Under Armour, GAP, Nike, Zara, Reebok.
Based on records, the contrabands arrived in Subic from Dhaka, Bangladesh, in two 40-foot vans on June 14 and are consigned to Bonne Volonte Consumer Goods.
However, Talusan also disclosed that some of the brand owners who provided certificates of counterfeit goods include Emerald Garment Manufacturing Corp. (makers of RR.J, Stylistic and Mr. Lee), and Federis& Associates Law Offices for Uniglo and Cotton On.
Warrant of Seizure and Detention (WSD) were issued against the subject shipments for the violation of Section 155 of Republic Act No. 8293 or the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines, relative to Section 1113(f) of RA No. 10863 or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act(CMTA).
Tan assured the BOC-PoS that the SBMA will provide any assistance necessary to ensure that smuggled goods would be confiscated before entering other Philippine territories.
Furthermore, the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines commends the BOC-PoS for once again showing its strong vigilance and commitment to protect borders and help legitimate businesses protect their IP rights.
Collector Talusan stated that the PoS reiterates its commitment to ensuring transparency, accountability, and compliance in all customs operations as it strives to create an environment conducive to legitimate trade and economic growth.