The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has seized smuggled counterfeit goods worth P48.9 million at the Mindanao Container Terminal Port (MCTP) in Cagayan de Oro.
District collector Alexandra Yap-Lumontad said the seized contraband was declared as “garments,trousers” from Bangladesh with an appraised value of P 48.9 million .
Subsequent examinations showed that the shipment contained 288 cartons of pants bearing the brand “Zara” and 342 cartons of shirts branded as “Guess.”
A warrant of seizure and detention (WSD) was issued against the subject shipment for violation of R.A. 8293 or the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines.
“These counterfeit products do not have the required documentation, and they endanger the safety of those who use them,” according to Commissioner Beinvenido Rubio.
He also advised the public against purchasing or supporting bogus goods.