The agents of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Monday late afternoon seized an estimated P3 billion worth of smuggled counterfeit cosmetic products, perfumes, and other merchandise in Tondo, Manila.
The operatives from the agency’s Enforcement and Security Service (ESS) and Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) conducted the raid with a Letter of Authority issued by the Customs chief.
The BOC said the products and merchandise were found in hundreds of boxes stored inside five residential units units 8-A, 10-A, 10-B, 18-C, and 18-D, Vicente Tower, Dagupan Street, Tondo.
Based from the findings of the BOC’s Intellectual Property Rights Division, the shipments were believed to have originated from China.
Upon investigation, the owner of the residential units was identified as Justine Lim. He was also the supposed consignee of the shipments. However, Lim was not at the premises during the raid.
BOC chief Lapeña said the operation originated from the investigation conducted by their agents and surveillance has been conducted three weeks prior to the raid.
The BOC said that it will conduct further investigation into the matter in parallel with the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).
Earlier this month, BOC confiscated 18 units of underpriced luxury cars: McLaren, Chevrolet, Range Rover and Land Cruiser.