The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Thursday filed smuggling charges before the Department of Justice (DOJ) against the owner and proprietor of Clurky Trading and its customs broker for multiple violations of the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines.
According to the BOC, Rizaldy Valencia, the owner and proprietor of the Clurky Trading, and customs broker Elizar Lopez will face cases related to smuggling of counterfeit goods worth P55 million.
The bureau reported that Clurky Trading was found to have committed unlawful importation, fraudulent practice against customs revenue and infringement of the intellectual Property Code and Articles 172 in relation to Article 171 and Article 183 of the Revised Penal Code of the Philippines.
The BOC added that the smuggled goods entered the Manila International Container Port on January 2, 2014 from China.
Among the intercepted items from the Clurky Trading were three 40-foot container vans declared as “Cotton Fabrics, Female Trousers, Pants, Shorts, Men’s T-Shirt, Ladies Sandals, Shoes, Handbags, Phone Cases, Muffler, Ladies Swimwear” that were found to contain various counterfeit Levi’s shirts, Adidas AG jogging pants, Sony PSP housing and Aeropostale shirts as well as various undeclared items such as Diesel men’s briefs, Renrene Hair Dye and Powder Face Mask.
Customs Commissioner John Sevilla said the agency was bound to protect consumers and legitimate businesses against the harmful effects of fake products.
Sevilla added that copyrights and intellectual property rights of foreign brands must be protected.
He lamented that companies violating customs laws are just trying to evade paying the correct taxes to the government.
The BOC official said they normally destroy smuggled goods. However he clarified that they still have to get the consent of the holder of the intellectual property before destroying it.