Customs seizes P3-B of smuggled fake goods in Tondo

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 21) — The Bureau of Customs uncovered on Monday around ₱3 billion of smuggled fake goods in Tondo, Manila that supposedly came from China.

The BOC said in a Monday statement that Customs agents confiscated hundreds of boxes of counterfeit cosmetic products, perfumes and other merchandise inside five units at Vicente Tower on Dagupan Street.

Although no arrests were made during the raid, an initial investigation identified the owner of the units and the fake goods as Justine Lim.

Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña said the operation was conducted after three weeks of surveillance by Customs agents.

The goods are said to originate from China, based on the findings of BOC's Intellectual Property Rights Division.

Customs authorities are now investigating the importer for bringing in prohibited goods under Republic Act 10863 or the "Customs Modernization and Tariff Act."