Philippines Customs claims to be an effective authority. But the bar is pretty low in SE Asia, where it must be remembered that most fake goods are imported from China. The main problem is the lack of border seizures in the Philippines.
So reports of Customs' latest seizure are interesting. Customs' IPR Division reported to the media last week a haul of fake goods from China worth P30 million (USD1million). The products included Marlboro, Winston and Fortune cigarettes, Knorr and Maggi food seasoning and Nescafe products.
The seizure occurred at a warehouse in Manila. Philippines Customs is somewhat unusual in having a form of inland jurisdiction where goods have entered the country and are distributed to warehouses (as this one was) but have not yet technically cleared Customs. The credit for the raid was claimed to be due to a Customs informant in the private sector along with Customs' 'heightened anti-smuggling campaign'.
Philippines Customs will only really impress anyone when they make actual border seizures rather than suspicious seizures of goods they already let in!