Customs Unveils P600-M Worth of Counterfeit Beauty Products

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) unveiled boxes of fake beauty and healthy skin items, and other stock in isolated investigations of stockrooms in Tondo and Binondo, Manila.

Chief Isidro Lapena together with delegates of cosmetic and healthy skin brands investigated the phoney items evaluated to be worth P600 million.

The Enforcement and Security Service (ESS) specialists followed up on a Letter of Authority of the Customs chief to investigate distribution centres at Bldg. 1336, Antonio Rivera St., Tondo, Manila and Dona Maria Lim Bldg., Ilang-Ilang St., Binondo, Manila for conceivable infringement of the Intellectual Property Law.

The LOA and Mission Order were executed after tips by mark proprietors recognizing these stockrooms that contain counterfeit fake and healthy skin items, and other stock.

As indicated by reports, a specific Kevin Lee rents the distribution centre at Tondo while distinguished as inhabitants of the Binondo stockroom was an Anthony Lee and a Brian Lee. The tipster revealed to Customs that these three are business accomplices.

“We are currently organizing with other brand proprietors to distinguish whether the items found in the two distribution centres are fake,” Commissioner Lapena said.

Since there were no people in the distribution centres amid the assessments, the BOC operators left notification to the building proprietors soliciting the tenants to give proof of payment.

“We are presently giving them 15 days from the date of assessment which was last March 22 to give the required archives. On the off chance that they neglect to do as such, we will seize immediately these items and devastate them quickly,” Lapena said.

“Smugglers these days are strong to import these fake things since the larger part of the Filipinos belittle counterfeit items because of its cheap cost.”

Lapena further added that these items are shoddily contrasted with the first, however the continuous use of these items posture mischief to our wellbeing. These are unfit for human utilization. These did not pass quality control; these items may contain toxic chemicals which are not shown in the marks.

The Customs has actualized stricter border control to keep the passage of phoney items “yet more in this way, there ought to likewise be an adjustment in the attitude of our shoppers,” he said.

Lapena encouraged the shoppers to be smart purchasers. “Before purchasing an item, check on the off chance that it experiences quality control. The wellbeing of our family lies items we purchase.”

Source – Rappler.com