BOC uncovers P45-M fake toys, smuggled goods

Published February 18, 2021, 4:32 PM

by Betheena Kae Unite

Counterfeit toys and various smuggled goods were recently discovered in a warehouse in Guiguinto, Bulacan, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said Thursday, Feb. 18.

(Photo via BOC)

Toys, helmets, steel, resins, and machineries were among those found stashed in the facility. The contraband, allegedly from China, was estimated to be worth P45 million.

According to the bureau, a team from the Manila International Container Port’s Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) in cooperation with the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) inspected the facility.

The agents carried a letter of authority signed by Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero.

“As the bureau promotes trade facilitation for a healthier economy, MICP remains committed to safeguard the country’s borders through its anti-smuggling campaign under the direction of BOC Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero,” the MICP said in a statement. 

Customs is looking into the possible filling of charges for violation of Section 1400 of Republic Act (RA) 10863, also known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act, as far as the warehouse discovery is concerned.