Millions worth of illegal face shields, face masks seized

Published January 31, 2021, 5:29 PM

by Ellson Quismorio

Smuggled face shields and face masks amounting to millions of pesos were among the plethora of illegal items uncovered by Bureau of Customs (BoC) agents in a recent operation at a Tondo storage facility, it was learned Sunday.


Carried out last January 25 was an inspection at the storage facility, which revealed the existence of Intellectual Property (IP)-infringing items such as bags bearing the brands “Louis Vuitton,” “Gucci,” and “Channel.”

Unregistered face shields, face masks, fake medicines, and fake soaps estimated to be worth P100 million were also seized.

It was around this time last year when face shields and face masks became a part of daily life, no thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. Wearing them has become part of minimum health standards being imposed in both public and private settings.

Among the face masks discovered were those with the brand of AIDELAI™ which is a prohibited brand as per Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Advisory No. 2021-0011.

“The Bureau of Customs remains steadfast in preventing the proliferation of counterfeit and unauthorized goods in the country as well as safeguarding public welfare under the guidance of Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero,” the Bureau of Customs said in a statement.