BOC destroys P50-M worth of fake goods
P50-M worth of counterfeit items set for destruction by the Customs Department.
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) destroyed P50-million worth of counterfeit items confiscated from a Pasay City warehouse that the agency raided in December.
“Bawal po ang pag-import ng merong intellectual property rights violation [at] mga pekeng commodities. This also prohibited by the intellectual property code of the Philippines,” said Atty. Erastus Austria District Collector of Port of Manila.
The agency used crusher and shredder machines to tear up counterfeit shoes, clothes, and watches in compliance with the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act which mandates the destruction of such prohibited goods.
“This has an effect on our economy on a larger scale. Kapag pinapabayaan po ang proliferation nito,” Atty. Austria added.
The said goods were seized after its consignee failed to present tax payment certifications and other pertinent documents. — Sherwin Culubong
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