Customs destroys boxes of fake shoes from China

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Thursday, April 24, 2014


TOP officials of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) destroyed Wednesday more than 200 boxes of shoes imported from China after they were found to be fake.

BOC Commissioner John Sevilla along with BOC District 12 collector retired Army General Ernesto Aradanas spearheaded the ceremony for the dismantling of 229 boxes at the Port of Davao.

The shoes were destroyed after Aradanas declared the forfeiture of the shipments for violation of the Tariffs and Customs Code of the Philippines (TCCP) in relation to Republic Act 8293 or the Intellectual Property Law of the Philippines.

The fake shoes with "Tom's" brand were recovered from a container van. It was consigned to a certain Aya Day Trading and it arrived at the Port of Davao on May 11, 2011.

There were also 553 boxes of shoes recovered from the container van yet they were not declared as fake.

The shipments were subjected to a series of hearing yet it was a no show for any representative of the claimant, so the fake shoes were forfeited and destroyed.

Sevilla said the shoes could have been donated to the fire victims in barangays 21-C, 22-C and 23-C, but they can't do so because of the rules of the Commission on Audit (COA) that any counterfeit or contraband goods should be destroyed.

"Gusto sana namin ibigay actually but we are not allowed by law. But the Congress is already tackling the Customs and Tariff Modernization Act, which is an amendment to our existing laws. Ipo-propose ko, since dinidiscuss na ng Congress, baka pwede nilang i-consider na luwagan nila. But it is all up to the congress," Sevilla said.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 24, 2014.

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