Kimstore gets raided by Bureau of Customs


The local popular gadget store was seized by the BoC for smuggling.

On Monday, Bureau of Customs announced they nabbed high-end end communication and electronic gadgets worth millions of pesos.

The gadgets, which were seized by the authorities on Monday, 30 January, were all believed to be smuggled into the country.

Kim Store, an extremely popular online gadget store, was selling imported gadgets that are smuggled. The said online store has a postal address on Lakandula Street in Tondo.

"Among the items seized were units of Iphone 7 cellular phones, Macbook laptops, Samsung Galaxy S7 series phones, Nexus 6Ps phones, Zenfone 3 Ultra phones, Sony Xperia phones, Canon cameras, tablets and music players, audio accessories, and gadgets for safety and security," the BOC said.

“There are plenty of cases wherein high-end communication and electronic gadgets are smuggled into the country through misdeclaration schemes – a top form of smuggling – used by smugglers to defraud and avoid paying correct duties and taxes to the government," Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) Director Neil L. Estrella said.

"Kim Store is owned by a certain ‘Francis’, a Filipino-Chinese businessman in Binondo, who is engaged in selling smuggled items online," the bureau said.

The authorities also stated that Kimstore's staff failed to show documents for the imported products.

“We are still validating some intelligence reports, and we will fully identify the real owners of Kim Store in the next few days,” Pinawin reported.

“BOC, under my watch, will often conduct raids in warehouses, storehouses, and depots, to combat the malpractice and related crimes, and finally jail perpetrators, once and for all,” Faeldon said.

Kimstore is very popular among the Filipinos as they offer much cheaper gadgets compared to authorized sellers in malls.




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The local popular gadget store was seized by the BoC for smuggling.
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