THE Bureau of Customs (BoC) scored its first major anti-smuggling success under the two-month old administration of Comm. Rey Leonardo ‘Jagger’ Guerrero, with the confiscation of counterfeit goods more than P850 million and the seizure of two smuggled vehicles worth over P12 million on Thursday.
Armed with a “LOA” (Letter of Authority) signed by Guerrero, deputy commissioner for intelligence (DCI) Raniel Ramiro said operatives from his office first raided three warehouses in Binondo, Manila, where they found fake brands of “Nike,” “Adidas,” “Under Armour,” “Polo Ralph Lauren,” “Supreme,” “Roxy,” “Marvel,” “Hello Kitty” and, “Billabong,” among others.
Joining the raiding team afterwards, Guerrero said his office first received a complain from ‘Nike Philippines’ as regards the existence of the warehouse that allegedly contained imitations of their famous brand, among others.
“This prompted our intelligence team (under Ramiro) to conduct an investigation on the subject warehouse unit,” the customs chief explained.
Guerrero said their initial estimate placed the value of the seized goods at more than P700 million.
Another raid at two more warehouses in Sucat, Parañaque City, also yielded more than P150 million worth of fake branded products, he added.
Proceeding later in the day at the Manila International Container Port (MICP), Guerrero and Ramiro also inspected one unit of used ‘Bentley Continental GT’ car and a used Hino’ truck with crane valued at more than P12 million.
The vehicles, misdeclared as “used forklift, used diesel engine and other household goods,” arrived last December 17, 2018 via Japan and valued at P12.1 million.
MICP district collector, Atty. Dino Austria said “non-intrusive” examination (X-Ray) showed the presence of items not declared in the import documents, prompting his office to order a 100-percent examination of the shipment.
Austria also named the erring customs broker as ‘Tomas James Y. Delos Santos from Sampaloc, Manila and the consignee as ‘Pulilan Motors Truck Rebuilding’ based in Pulilan, Bulacan and purportedly owned by a certain Agustin Mariano Esguerra.
Austria added that the BoC accreditation of the consignee and the customs broker involved in the incident shall be immediately revoked.