BOC seizes counterfeit shoes and clothes from various consignees

UNTV News   •   June 29, 2017   •   4358


MANILA, Philippines — Boxes of fake products are piled at the Manila International Container Port.

It is hard to tell the counterfeit products from the authentic ones.

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) confiscated the cargo which came from various countries consigned under different names.

The BOC said the contraband items are worth billions of pesos; a huge loss to the government’s target revenue collection.

“This appears to be branded products but we found out that these are replica so there are IPR violations,” BOC spokesperson, retired Col. Neil Estrella said.

Aside from the fake products, the BOC also seized boxes of old clothes.

The BOC said it could not donate the clothes for relief operations as it remains unclear where country the contrabands came from.

In the process of the BOC, such contraband’s cannot be auctioned off and should only be destroyed.

“These used clothes are prohibited from being sold in our country. These might have health hazards, and have not undergone quality control. We do not know where these came from,” Estrella said.

Those involved in the smuggling of fake products will face cancellation of importation permits and charges for violating intellectual property rights.

“We will either suspend their accreditation. That’s how serious we are. In just less than a year, we have already cancelled accreditation of many companies,” Estrella added.

Based on the estimates of the BOC, the agency has revoked the import accreditation of more than 700 importation companies.

The number might further increase to a thousand as the agency continues to go after importers and brokers involved in smuggling and corruption.

The BOC met with companies of high end brands to resolve the widespread selling of fake products in the market.

Copying of products, reproduction, and selling in the market are clear violation of the intellectual property rights. This is why the BOC is coordinating with companies whose products are always being copied so it could immediately arrest and hold responsible those involved in the copying. – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News and Rescue

BOC clears 5.89M Johnson & Johnson, Sinovac, Astrazeneca vaccines

Maris Federez   •   July 17, 2021


MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Customs (BOC)-Port of NAIA has cleared 5,891,650 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines which arrived in different batches from July 16 to 17, 2021, a customs advisory released on Saturday said.

The cleared vaccines include 3.24 million Johnson and Johnson doses in 2 batches, 1.5 million Sinovac doses, and 1.15 million AstraZeneca doses in 2 batches.

The advisory said a total of 2,757,400 vaccines arrived on Friday at the NAIA Terminal 3 at around 2:30 p.m. This comprised the 1st batch of Johnson and Johnson with 1,606,600 doses and AstraZeneca with 1,150,800 doses.

On Saturday (July 17), a total of 3,134,250 vaccines also arrived at Terminal 3, comprising of the 2nd batch of J&J with 1,634,250 doses and Sinovac with 1.5M doses.

“The shipments were pre-cleared on July 15, 2021, at the BOC-NAIA COVID-19 One-Stop-Shop upon submission by the Department of Health of all pertinent documents as the consignee,” the statement said.

The BOC has, so far, cleared six vaccine brands which include Sinovac from China, AstraZeneca from the UK, Sputnik V from Russia’s Gamaleya, Pfizer and Moderna from the US, and Johnson and Johnson from Europe.

As of this posting, over 27 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been cleared and released by the customs bureau since February 2021.

“Of which, 14.5 million are Sinovac, 6.8 million are AstraZeneca, 350,000 are Sputnik V, 2.48 million are Pfizer, 500,000 are Moderna, and 3.24 million are Johnson & Johnson brands,” the BOC said. —/mbmf

BOC cleared over 14M doses of COVID-19 vaccines

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Friday (June 18) reported that over 14 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been cleared.

During a virtual public briefing on Friday, BOC Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero said that among the 14 million doses, 9 million are Sinovac vaccines; 2.5 million are AstraZeneca; 2.4 million are Pfizer-BioNtech; and 180,000 are Sputnik V.

Guerrero said the agency is expediting the process for the immediate distribution of the doses.

He also assured the public that the BOC is also making sure that the PPE’s and other medical equipment arriving in the country have proper documentation. The BOC is also diligent in collecting taxes to fund government projects and boost the country’s economic recovery.

The BOC chair will also make sure to intensify efforts in curbing smuggling. He also advised the public to report any complaints to the agency. AAC

BOC joins Phl Trade Facilitation Committee; ensures improvement in customs procedures

Maris Federez   •   May 24, 2021

 MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Customs (BOC) announced that it will join the Philippine Trade Facilitation Committee (PTFC), under the Executive Order (EO) No. 136 series of 2021.

In its statement released on Monday (May 24), the BOC said it will take the role of the committee’s vice-chairperson.

The EO that created the PTFC was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on May 18, 2021, in compliance with the World Trade Organization – Trade Facilitation Agreement (WTO-TFA).

The statement said that the committee “aims to streamline and improve customs procedures and facilitate the implementation of rational, efficient, and simple customs rules.”

“The committee will study, propose, and coordinate the position, activities, or actions of the Philippine government on the implementation of the WTO-TFA and other trade facilitation commitments,” it added.

The PTFC is also tasked to submit compliance reports and represent and advance the country’s interests in meetings on the implementation of the WTO-TFA and other trade facilitation commitments.

The order further directs the committee to regularly report to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board Committee on Tariff and Related Matters (CTRM) and submit and seek the Board’s approval on proposed trade regulations, measures, and practices that would expedite the movement and clearance of goods.

The BOC said the committee shall also coordinate with the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) to ensure compliance with Republic Act No. 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018, in relation to trade facilitation. —/mbmf


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