As part of the Bureau of Customs’ (BOC) drive against smuggling, the BOC-Port of Manila (BOC-POM) through the Port’s Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service Field Office (CIIS) and Enforcement and Security Service seized (ESS) seized approximately Php500 million to Php600 million worth of counterfeit goods, Chinese food and beverages, and medical protective masks.
Armed with a Letter of Authority (LOA) issued by BOC Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero, members of POM-CIIS, POM-ESS, Philippine Coast Guard, and the National Bureau of Investigation inspected the warehouse located at 9172 Antero Soriano Hi-Way, Brgy. Mulawin, Tanza, Cavite.
The inspection led to the discovery of infringing goods bearing the brands of Jordan, Nike, Crocs, and Havaianas to name a few. Further, other merchandise were also found which include assorted Chinese food, Chinese beverages such as beers, iced teas, and sodas, and medical protective masks that locally distributed by a group of Chinese Nationals headed by Anna Ty and Willy Zhang.
Further investigation is underway for possible violations of Section 1114 of RA10863 also known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).
As the Bureau remains committed to prevent the proliferation of smuggled and counterfeit goods, the BOC-POM remains resolute in its duty to strictly enforce Customs laws under the leadership of BOC Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero.