Agents of the Bureau of Customs (BoC) seized more than P500 million worth of fake Nike, Adidas and different items in an unexpected raid at Pasay City distribution centre over the weekend.
Joint components of the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CISS) and Enforcement and Security Service (ESS), in a joint effort with neighbourhood police, attacked 10 units of Warehouse 142 on Cuneta Avenue. The operation yielded several cases of phoney shoes with counterfeit Nike, Adidas, Under Armor and Vans, Fitflop and Crocs marked shoes, and additionally non-marked watches and shoes.
The seized merchandise allegedly originated from China.
The agents were following up on a letter of specialist No.12-13-2017-001 issued by Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña.
As per Deputy Commissioner Ricardo Quinto of the Intelligence Group, Customs specialists reacted to a tip from a concerned resident who announced that phoney items were being put away in the distribution centre.
Experts, in any case, failed to capture the unit proprietors since they were not on the premises when the raid was led.
The distribution centre manager, recognized as Lita Liao, said the units were rented to various people whom she named just as a specific Mr Ang, Mr Well and Mr Ty.
The warehouse administrator will be accused of infringement of Section 118(f) of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act in connection to Republic Act 8293 or the Intellectual Property Code.
Lapeña said an examination will be led to discover how said items could go through customs so they will have the capacity to pinpoint the merchants and their partners who encouraged the arrival of the fake products.
He included that the warehouse owner would likewise be asked to show import archives.
The operation, Lapeña stated, was a piece of the BoC’s stringent counter-measures against all types of technical smuggling and fixing tax leaks to raise the needed revenues.
He included that those responsible would be accused of infringement of the (IP) Code of the Philippines and the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act of 2016.
The BoC’s Intellectual Property Rights Division prior said that theft and forging represent P13.3 billion in lost incomes for each year.
Under the IP Code, seized carried fake products ought to be sentenced to keep their business dispersion in the nearby market.