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BOC seizes P12.7-M fake cigarettes in Davao City.

The anti-smuggling efforts of the Bureau of Customs' (BOC) Enforcement Group (EG) resulted in the seizure of fake cigarettes worth P12.7 million that were being kept in different warehouses in Davao City.

In a statement, the BOC described Monday the seizure of the counterfeit branded cigarettes as the "biggest haul" of EG for the year.

Members of the Enforcement Group discovered the illegally imported goods from China after they raided the warehouses in Poras St., Brgy. Obero in Davao City last December 3.

Among the seized contraband included boxes of Marlboro, More, Fortune, Philip Morris, Jacpot, Hope and other assorted cigarettes.

Documents from BOC, a copy of which was provided by a source to the Manila Bulletin, identified the owner of the warehouses as Chinese national YueQun Shi.

The raiding team showed a sample of the confiscated cigarettes to Phillip Morris Philippines, Inc., manufacturer of the cigarettes, which confirmed these were fake.

"The sample cigarettes were not produced by or with the permission of Philip Morris International, and are therefore counterfeit," BOC said.

A Warrant of Seizure and Detention (WSD) has been served by Customs authorities to the HBTT Marketing Warehouse (HBTT), owner of the warehouses where the counterfeit cigarettes were stored.

According to BOC, the HBTT allegedly violated Section 2530 of the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines (TCCP) for non-payment of duties and taxes, and in relation to Intellectual Property Rights Law.

Deputy Commissioner for Enforcement Ariel Nepomuceno observed that there is a "widespread proliferation of fake cigarettes have flooded the local market," which could be traced to smuggling.

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Title Annotation:Provincial
Publication:Manila Bulletin
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Date:Dec 22, 2015
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