Customs destroys fake goods worth Php3 billion

In line with the public interest and transparency on the disposition of forfeited goods through condemnation, hundreds of boxes containing fake goods were destroyed by the Bureau of Customs on Wednesday in an accredited condemnation facility located at San Pedro, Laguna, and owned by Tritek Reverse Logistics Corp.

Based on the Enforcement and Security Service (ESS) report, the destroyed goods is approximately worth Php3 billion.

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) infringing goods such as lotions, perfume, shampoo, makeup, lipstick, and one labeling machine bearing the brand names of Gio Armani, Dior, Olay, Nivea, Cetaphil, and other well-known brands were crushed, poured, and shredded.

The fake goods were among those intercepted during a warehouse raid in November 2017 at Unit 8-1, 10-A, 10-B, Vicente Tower, 1275 Dagupan St., Tondo, Manila, by the agents of the Enforcement and Security Service (ESS). The operation stemmed from the investigation conducted by BOC agents and surveillance in the warehouse.

The fake goods were seized on February 22 and consequently forfeited on June 27, 2018, by the Office of the District Collector of the Port of Manila.

The seized fake goods have violated Section 1113 (f) and (l) of the CMTA and Section 118(f) of the same Act, in relation to Section 166 of RA 8293 (Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines).

Pursuant to Section 1146 of the CMTA, all prohibited goods like counterfeit goods shall be destroyed.

“Our crackdown against fake products is going well. However, the public must be made aware that continued patronage and exposure to counterfeit items pose health risks to the user. The items we destroyed today bear the same brand but the quality and the materials or chemicals used are different. These are substandard products and did not undergo quality control and safety inspection,” Commissioner Isidro Lapena said.

He noted that fake products continue to undermine the legitimate brand owners in the country.

“We are receiving reports from brand owners that are greatly affected by the proliferation of fake items. We must promote a healthy competition in the market,” he added.