Government agents assigned at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Friday intercepted a smuggled shipment of signature bags, shoes, sandals, shirts and other luxury items worth P6.5 million from France.
Customs - NAIA district collector Carmelita Talusan said based on the import document, the shipment was misdeclared as personal effects, shampoo and assorted clothes from Maisons-Alfort, and consigned to a certain Reynaldo Tan Sr.
The seized items at the NAIA Paircargo warehouse include handbags of Prada, Gucci, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Christian Dior, and Valentino, and shoes, sandals and shirts in commercial quantities.
Talusan said the misdeclaration is an apparent attempt of the owner to evade the payment of correct duties and taxes through the use of falsified/spurious documents and circumvent the duty and tax free privileges afforded to balikbayan boxes.
She added that the shipment will be subjected to seizure and forfeiture proceedings in violation of Section 1400 in relation to Section 1113 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.
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