P60M worth smuggled fake beauty products from China seized in Davao

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  • BOC confiscated P60 million worth of smuggled and fake beauty products in Davao City
  • The owner of the products violated the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines and Customs Modernization and Tariff Act
  • The government is concerned for the welfare of the people who were able to buy fake beauty products

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) confiscated P60 million worth of smuggled and fake beauty products in Davao City on April 20.

According to the BOC, the owner of the products failed to present a proof of payment of duties and taxes to the authorities.

Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña headed the presenting of the smuggled and fake beauty products which were reportedly from China.

Atty. Romalino Valdez, acting district collector of Davao City said that the owner violated the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines and Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.

“Anything that is counterfeit malalaman po natin iyan by looking exactly at the packaging na wala pong address ng manufacturer at ang diperensiya po niyan kapag ang presyo ay napakalayo doon sa talagang retail price niya,” Valdez said.

[We will notice anything that is counterfeit by looking exactly at the packaging because the manufacturer’s address is not written, and the price difference from the original is obvious.]

Meanwhile, BOC felt concerned for the welfare of the people who were able to buy fake beauty products.

“For all we know iyung iba diyan will be even hazardous to health baka mamaya ay gumagamit thinking na gaganda ka, iyun pala iyung skin nasisira without you knowing it,” Lapeña said.

[For all we know, some of it will be even hazardous to health and while some were hoping to become more beautiful, their skins are harmed without them knowing it.]

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