Biggest haul! BOC uncovers P7.4-B fake luxury goods at Pasay warehouse

Published August 7, 2021, 5:52 PM

by Betheena Unite

Some P7.4 billion worth of various fake items copied from signature brands were seized in Pasay City, the biggest haul of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) in recent years.

Products bearing known registered marks such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Vans, Fubu, Tribal, Under Armour, Nike, Adidas, Zara, H&M, Calvin Klein, Old Navy, Guess, Lee, Tommy Hilfiger, Lacoste, Havaianas, Freego, Wrangler, Burberry, Jordan, Gap, Bershka, Macbeth, Puma, Hollister, Reebok, Joe Malone and Bulgari were found in the warehouse located in Bagong Milenyo in Pasay City.

BIG HAUL– A P7.4-billion haul of fake luxury items were uncovered in a warehouse in Pasay City last July 28, 2021. (Photo courtesy of the BOC)

The goods were estimated to have a value of P7,429,638,000–the bureau’s biggest accomplishment resulting from a single operation to date.

Armed with a letter of authority and mission order issued by Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero, a team from the bureau, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) inspected the storage facility on July 28.

According to the BOC, the imported counterfeit items were seized for violation of Section 108 (f) of RA 10863 also known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) and RA 8293 otherwise known as the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines.

On July 23, a P2.3-billion haul of fake signature brands and used clothing were also uncovered in a warehouse in Mayzan, Valenzuela.

“As the businesses strive to recover from the impact of COVID-19, the BOC remains committed in supporting legitimate brand owners against the proliferation of smuggled and counterfeit goods as part of its mandate of border protection,” Guerrero said.