The Bureau of Customs inspects alerted shipment of counterfeit iPhones, Samsung phones and accessories thereof as well as vape parts and accessories thereof at the Manila International Container Port (MICP). BOC agents intercepted said cargoes after receiving derogatory reports for possible violation of RA 8293 or the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines. Photos by: Jerome Monta/BOC-PIAD

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Tuesday inspected P20-million worth of seized counterfeit cellphones and other gadgets at the Manila International Container Port.

The BOC on Sunday had intercepted a cargo shipment from Guangzhou, China which was discovered to contain about 400 pieces of iPhones and Samsung phones concealed in sacks along with the originally declared items such as wall clocks, shoe racks, and shoes.

The market value of an orginal unit of the said mobile phones were pegged at P37,000, while the counterfeit units were sold at an estimated value of P30,000 to P35,000.

Officials from the brand manufacturers of the seized mobile phones confirmed that the units were indeed counterfeit.

According to Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon, the cargo was consigned to Autum Way Enterprises with an address of Room 4160D 4F Regina Building, Escolta Street, Binondo, Manila, with a certain Matio R. Botona as the signed licensed customs broker.

Aside from the cellular phones, personal computers, power banks, stickers and other gadgets were recovered from the container.

The shipment was placed on hold through an alert order requested by Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence Group Lawyer Teddy Sandy Raval.

Intellectual Property Rights Division officer-in-charge, Atty. Zsae Carrie De Guzman said misdeclaration or smuggling charges will be filed against the consignee of the cargo shipment, while the broker will face administrative charges.

“Binabagsak ito sa mga typical na tiangge natin, tsaka alam naman natin ‘yung mga famous places dito na kung saan puwedeng makakuha ng bargain,” she said.

“My advice to the consumers, please buy only from legitimate distributors and dealers ng iPhone, Samsung… Kahit anong telepono ‘yan doon lang tayo sa exclusive distributor niya,” De Guzman added.

The BOC stated that destruction of the counterfeit goods will be ordered immediately to prevent the gadgets from getting auctioned or reaching the market. — Marlly Rome C. Bondoc/MDM,

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BOC Inspects P20M-Worth Of Fake Cellphones, Other Gadgets
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