The Bureau of Customs-NAIA has apprehended misdeclared luxury goods in commercial quantity such as handbags of Prada, Gucci, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Christian Dior, Valentino, including shoes and other accessories approximately valued at Php 6.5 million.
Records show that the shipment was consigned to a certain Reynaldo Tan in Paircargo Warehouse and were misdeclared as personal effects: “assorted clothes, shampoo” from Maisons-Alfort, France.
The misdeclaration is an apparent attempt to evade the payment of correct duties and taxes through the use of falsified/spurious documents and circumvent the duty- and tax-free privileges afforded to balikbayan boxes.
The 100% physical examination of the subject shipment confirmed that it actually consisted luxury bags, shoes, sandals, shirts and accessories in commercial quantity (157 pieces).
According to District Collector Carmelita M. Talusan, the shipment shall be subjected to seizure and forfeiture proceedings in violation of Section 1400 in relation to Section 1113 of the CMTA.
Likewise, in compliance with the standing directives of Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero to prosecute smugglers, records and details of the said apprehension shall be referred to the Bureau Action Team Against Smugglers (BATAS) for case profiling and build up against the personalities involved in the foiled smuggling of misdeclared luxury items in commercial quantities. Kiara Lauren Ibanez / BENJAMIN CUARESMA