P400M fake medicine, luxury bags seized in Manila

Posted at 02/20/2012 3:35 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Over P400 million worth of smuggled counterfeit medicines, cell phone batteries and chargers, luxury bags and watches from China were seized by the Bureau of Customs Intellectual Property Rights Division at the Port of Manila late last year.

The smuggled items were found in two 40-foot container vans consigned to Imax Harbor and declared as plastic wares. Upon physical examination by the IPRD operatives, the container van yielded these counterfeit items.

"We will not allow counterfeit items to enter the local market, especially medicines, if only to protect consumers from the risks of using products that are not certified safe for human consumption by its country of origin or any international quality standard rating agency," said Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon, in a statement.

The illegal shipment included 130,000 capsules of counterfeit Tuseran Forte, 55,000 pieces of fake cellular phone batteries, (Nokia, Sony Ericson, Motorola, Samsung) and 9,000 pieces of counterfeit cellular phone chargers.

The containers also included fake luxury bags such as Louis Vuitton (720 pieces), Coach (180 pieces), Hermes (10,000 pieces), Chanel (180 pieces), Gucci (810 pieces) and 30,000 pieces of wristwatches.

"This is the second biggest apprehension of counterfeit shipments made by the IPRD for the year following the recently conducted raid at the King’s Plaza building in Binondo, Manila which yielded fake luxury branded items with an estimated value of P700,000 million," IPRD Chief lawyer Zae Carrie de Guzman said.