BOC seizes P80-M worth of smuggled cigarettes and face masks

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 7, 2020   •   790

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) seized around P80 million worth of smuggled cigarettes and face masks after raiding a warehouse in Marilao, Bulacan on August 6.

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Posted by Bureau of Customs PH on Wednesday, August 5, 2020

In coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the BOC raided the warehouse and discovered 1,000 master cases of illicit cigarettes and 648 boxes of fake N95 masks which copied designs and logos of famous luxury fashion brands.

The seized items has been transported to the ESS Security Coral located in the Port of Manila for further inventory and investigation.

“The latest apprehension affirms the Bureau’s steadfast committment in preventing the entry of smuggled items into the country as well as protecting the public from the dangers of using fake items such as protective equipment especially during this time of pandemic,” the BOC said. AAC

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P30 million worth of fake flu meds seized in warehouses in Paraรฑaque โ€“ BOC

Robie de Guzman   •   January 12, 2022

Counterfeit of popular medicine brands worth at least P30 million were confiscated at two storage areas in Paraรฑaque City, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said.

In a statement, the BOC said an operation launched on January 5, 2022 yielded the seizure of counterfeit medicines such as Biogesic, Neozep, Bioflu, Immunpro, Ivermectin, Phenokinon F Injection, Medicol, Planax, Alaxan FR, MX3 and others.

Customs said that certification from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Unilab Pharmaceuticals, the makers of paracetamol brand Biogesic, stated that the said medicines were counterfeit.

The operation was conducted by the BOC with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA), Intelligence Service Armed Forces Of the Philippines (ISAFP) and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).

โ€œWe received reports about the presence of counterfeit items. Itโ€™s not just items, but medicines. We acted on this immediately because this can pose a health threat. They are selling these to unsuspecting people whose only hope is to buy authentic medicines for themselves and their loved ones,โ€ said Raniel Ramiro, Customs Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence Group.

The BOC said the counterfeit medicines were packed in cartons with tags bearing foreign characters. They were found in two storages at 7434B and 7434C Highland St., Marcelo Green Village and 27 Pearl St., Severina Subdivision, Km 18, Brgy. Marcelo, both in Paranaque City.

The seized items were immediately hauled to the BOC premises, though the inspection and inventory are still ongoing.

The team, composed of members of Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service at the Manila International Container Port (CIIS-MICP), PDEA-IIS, NICA, ISAFP and the PCG, nabbed the suspect identified as Adel Rajput, a 31-year old Pakistani national, a resident of Caloocan City.

The BOC said the suspect was brought to the Paranaque City Prosecutors’ Office for an inquest.

He will face various cases for violation of Sec. 1401 (Unlawful Importation/Exportation), Sec. 1113 (Property Subject to Seizure and Forfeiture) paragraph (l) (5) in relation to Sec. 118 (Prohibited Importation and Exportation) paragraph (e) of the CMTA, and the violation of Republic Act No. 8293 (Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines and its Pertinent Rules and Regulations).

โ€œHis visa will be under a revocation process by the Bureau of Immigration,โ€ Customs said.

Last November 24, 2021, BOC said it also confiscated fake medicines bearing names of popular brands such as Alaxan, Tuseran Forte, Propan, and Diatabs with an estimated value of P50 million from a warehouse in Pasig City.

Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero lamented how these businesses are operating during this time when the public is facing difficulties in purchasing anti-flu medicines amid the surge in COVID-19.

โ€œIt is sad how these criminals are using the pandemic for their own gain, especially when it comes to medicines. These are medicines that people thought will relieve them of their pain, their conditions. It is unforgivable that these individuals are using peopleโ€™s desperation to earn money,โ€ he said.

The Department of Health and the Department of Trade and Industry earlier assured that there was no shortage in supply of some medicine brands, and that pharmacies only experienced temporary stockout due to โ€œoverwhelming demand.โ€

Smuggled spiders inside mail intercepted in Pasay โ€“ BOC

Robie de Guzman   •   December 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines โ€” Illegally imported spiders were seized by authorities in Pasay City, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said.

In a statement released on Thursday, the BOC said the smuggled spiders were intercepted in the Central Mail Exchange Center (CMEC).

Customs said the spiders were imported from Poland and consigned to an addressee from Olongapo City.

They were concealed in a postal envelope with scraps of paper and declared as origami.

When the package was inspected through x-ray scanning and physical examination, it was found to contain 10 pieces of smuggled spiders estimated to have a value of P75,000.00.

The BOC said the claimant was arrested by its NAIA Enforcement and Security Service Environmental Protection Compliance Division for violation of Section 1401 in relation to Republic Act (RA) 10863 or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) and RA 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.

The BOC said the apprehended claimant has been turned over to the Philippine National Police for inquest proceedings.

The seized spiders, on the other hand, were turned over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Wildlife Traffic Monitoring Unit (DENR WTMU) pursuant to Customs Administrative Order No. 10-2020, it added.

Customs seizes P1 billion worth of counterfeit goods in Pasay

Robie de Guzman   •   December 2, 2021

Counterfeit goods estimated to be worth P1.1 billion were seized in an operation in Baclaran, Pasay City, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said.

In a statement on Wednesday, the BOC said the counterfeit items allegedly smuggled into the country were confiscated during an inspection on November 29.

โ€œArmed with a Letter of Authority (LOA) issued by BOC Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero, the implementing team composed of personnel from the IG CIIS-IPRD, BOC-POM, and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) inspected the warehouses located in Pasay City,โ€ the bureau said.

โ€œThe inspection led to the discovery of possible Intellectual Property Right (IPR)-infringing goods and are suspected smuggled counterfeit goods,โ€ it added.

The BOC said its conduct of initial inventory of goods revealed numerous items bearing the brands of Victoriaโ€™s Secret, Birkenstock, Lacoste, Converse, Nike, Adidas, Jordan, Havaianas, Barbie, and HP to name a few.

โ€œFurther investigation is underway for possible violation of the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines (RA 8293) and the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (RA 10863),โ€ it added.

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