Customs to consumers: Don’t buy counterfeit mobile phones

MANILA — The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Tuesday urged the public not to patronize counterfeit cellular phones, noting that instead of saving money, they will lose their hard earned cash in the end.

BOC Spokesperson Col. Neil Estrella said buying fake communication gadgets which costs half the price of the original one will not save them money, since bogus products are easy to break and not reliable.

“Ang ating panawagan sa publiko, huwag na silang bumili ng fake na cell phones, mura nga pero madali namang masira. So, hindi din sila nakakatipid at mas magagastusan pa sila,” he said.

The BOC official issued the appeal after the viewing and presentation to media of the container van loaded with bogus cellphones and dry goods worth PHP20 million at the Manila International Container Port (MICP) on Tuesday.

Seized were hundreds of fake iPhone 6 and 7 and Samsung phones, cellphone spare parts etc., misdeclared as dry goods from China.

The cargo was consigned to Autumn Way Enterprises with address at Room 4160D 4F Regina Building, Escoltra Street, Binondo, Manila.

With this, Estrella warned those who are engaged in the importation of counterfeit products to stop their illegal activities as the BOC is bent on stopping them.

“We warn unscrupulous individuals to stop their illegal orientations because we will not stop seizing their shipments, malulugi lang kayo dahil milyon milyon ang halaga ng mga shipments na ito,” he added.

The cargo arrived at the MICP on Sunday. The items will be destroyed to ensure that they will not be used by the public.

Violation of Customs Modernization and Tarriff Act will be filed against those behind the shipment. Ferdinand Patinio/