P50-M fake goods destroyed in Laguna condemnation facility

SAN PEDRO, Laguna, August 13 — The Bureau of Customs on Friday has destroyed approximately 500,000 pieces of fake goods estimated to be worth P50 million in an accredited condemnation facility located at San Pedro, Laguna and owned by Tritek Reverse Logistics Corp.

Among the shredded and crushed goods are fake sandals and rubber shoes bearing the brand names of Adidas and Nike, watch, t-shirts, long sleeves, pants, jacket, slippers, and kid’s shoes.

The fake goods were among those intercepted during a warehouse raid in December 2017 at 142 Cuneta Ave., Pasay City by the agents of the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) and Enforcement and Security Service (ESS).

The Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) infringing goods were seized on February 8 and consequently forfeited on July 16 by the Office of the District Collector of the Port of Manila.

At the outset, the owners failed to produce evidence of payment of duties and taxes and show evidence that the items were not fake which prompted the BOC to issue a warrant of seizure and detention.

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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).

Section 1146 of the CMTA provides that all prohibited goods like counterfeit goods shall be destroyed.

“If these products successfully enter our market, it will affect legitimate businesses in the Philippines, that’s why we proceeded with its destruction. This is to show also that none of the seized items are recycled by the employees of the Bureau of Customs,” Commissioner Isidro Lapena said.

In line with the public interest and transparency on the disposition of forfeited goods thru condemnation, the bureau chief has directed all ports of the BOC to publicly show and broadcast the condemnation of forfeited items. (BOC)

Source: PIA Feed