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Philippines Customs grabs illegal electronic items worth P70m

Philippines Customs grabs illegal electronic items worth P70m

MANILA: Philippines Bureau of Customs (BOC) and law enforcement authorities raided a warehouse in Manila and took hold of illegal electronic items which were not labeled with ICC marks required for imported electronic products and accessories worth P70-million.

The raided warehouse located in Barraca Street in Binondo belonged to LFA Enterprises who claims to be the number one supplier in the Philippines of electronic gadgets, toiletries, small home appliances, and accessories to various popular online shopping sites, BOC said.

Among the items seized are counterfeit Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy Note, Samsung Galaxy Grand, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 4s, Nokia Duos, and assorted Android tablets of various brands, Apple Shuffle, smart phone casings, power banks, juice blender, and Lacoste perfumes, among others.

The WSD was issued on the complaint of several brand holders and their representatives on the proliferation of counterfeit products being marketed and sold online. Also present during the raid were representatives of several brand holders.

The BOC NICE–CIDG Team is conducting follow through operations and investigations to pin down and file charges against those behind the LFA operations, Customs said.

According to the National Committee on Intellectual Property Rights (NCIPR), the government has seized P13.3-billion worth of fake goods in the first 11 months of the year with the biggest contribution coming from the joint operations conducted by the BOC, NBI, PNP, IPOPHL hauling in P9.34-billion worth of counterfeit products.