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6:00 pm on 21 November 2021, Sunday
The Bureau of Customs has seized some P2.5 billion worth of counterfeit goods in an operation conducted at One Logistics Center, Taft Avenue Extension, Pasay City.
On November 19, the BOC Intelligence Group (IG) Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service-Intellectual Property Division (CIIS-IPRD) and the BOC-Port of Manila (BOC-POM) inspected the warehouses located in Pasay City.
They were also joined members of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
The inspection led to the discovery of possible Intellectual Property Right (IPR)-infringing goods and suspected smuggled counterfeit goods.
Witnessed by BOC examiners, members of the CIIS-IPRD, AFP, and PCG, the conduct of initial inventory of goods stored at the Logistics Center revealed numerous items bearing the brands: Christian Dior, Gucci, Channel, Louis Vuitton, and Fendi to name a few.
Further investigation is underway for possible violation of the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines (RA 9283) and the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (RA 10863).
The Customs also vowed to continue to remain resolute in implementing its anti-smuggling and border protection mandates under the leadership of Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero.