Running into fake sneakers is very common nowadays, especially with the wave of early overseas counterfeits we’ve been seeing all over IG. Recently in the Philippines, over 100,000 pairs of fake Nike, Adidas, Converse, Sketchers, Northface, Leaveland, Merelle, Lacoste, Vans, Havaianas, and Ipanema sneakers were seized from a warehouse. The Fake sneakers, which were worth more than $1M, were destroyed – that’s 100K Pairs of Fugazi shredded. Check out the video below.
The Bureau of Customs destroyed over 150,000 pairs of smuggled fake branded footwear.
MANILA, Philippines – Over 150,000 pairs of counterfeit Nike, Adidas and Converse shoes, as well as other popular footwear brands, were destroyed by the Bureau of Customs on Tuesday.
In a statement, the BOC said the thousands of China-made fake shoes, worth an estimated P50 million, were smuggled into the country last year.
The haul of fake Nike, Adidas, Converse, Sketchers, Northface, Leaveland, Merelle, Lacoste, Vans, Havaianas, and Ipanema products were seized from a warehouse in Olivares Compound in Parañaque City last February 2014.
“These counterfeit shoes and slippers were smuggled from China and were part of a big raid we had last year inside the Olivarez Compound in Parañaque City. We seized the warehouse to check the legality of the importation of goods but the owner failed to produce proof of payment of duties and taxes from Customs, consequently, the warehouse was padlocked and sealed for BOC custody,” Customs Commissioner John P. Sevilla said.
The one-year gap between the seizure and the actual destruction of the smuggled products was attributed to the long process that included issuance of subpoenas to the concerned consignees and brokers, the need to secure the involvement of brand owners, and the conduct of hearings in accordance with existing regulations.
– ABS NEWS