Busted businesses

BOC seizes P60 million worth of fake beauty products

THE BUREAU of Customs (BOC) has recently confiscated P60 million worth of counterfeit beauty and skin care products in four different businesses in the city.Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña told reporters yesterday that BOC raided a warehouse at Barangay 27-C, Poblacion District and three stalls inside the DCLA, which resulted to the confiscation of fake cosmetic products, on April 20.

Lapeña said BOC agents discovered perfumes, lotions, shampoo, make-up, and other cosmetics products.

The BOC chief said they suspect that the products pose health risks to users.

“They did not pass the quality control,” Lapeña said. “These products might contain harmful chemicals.

He said the products may be unfit for human use.

According to Lapeña, the products allegedly came from China.

He said that the stalls and the warehouse were inspected after the BOC received a complaint that counterfeit products were sold and stocked in those outlets.

The BOC, through Acting District Collector Romalino Valdez, issued four separate warrants of seizure and detention after agents from various trademark owners conducted test-buy operation on the suspected businesses.

The products were seized by Customs after the store owners could not present proof of payment of duties and taxes.
According to Lapeña, the stores were then closed and sealed with roll-up steel, and padlocked by BOC.
Customs will be filing criminal charges against the owners of the stores for failing to pay appropriate duties and taxes, violating the Sec. 117 and 118 paragraph (e) and (f) of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act, and other related laws including the Intellectual Property Code, and Food and Drug Administration Act.

Names of the establishments were not released.
Valdez said the raid is part of their fight against all forms of smuggling.

He also appealed to the public not to buy fake products so these will not proliferate.