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Customs seize products valued in a quarter million dollars

By Orpan - 27/12/2017
Customs seize products valued in a quarter million dollars

During the last six operations carried out in the Eastern department of Santa Cruz and its border posts, the Bolivian National Customs Office seized more than 100 tons of products valued at more than USD 250.000.

Most of the seized products were beer, cider, oil, rice, corn, mortadella and clothing, which came mostly from Argentina and Brazil trying to enter the country through its Eastern part, like the new border post of Yacuses, close to the Port of Suárez.

The General Manager of Customs, William Castillo, pointed out that more than 50% of those products were seized thanks to complaints made by the population as part of the government's fight against smuggling and counterfeiting. He also indicated that the most recent procedure was done on December 7. “We have been giving strong blows to smuggling”, praised Castillo.

By Orpan - 27/12/2017
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ORPAN was established in 1955 by brothers Joaquin Soruco (1908 – 1984) and Gonzalo Soruco (1910 – 1994). It was one of the first specialized law firms in patent and trademark matters in Bolivia.

The daughter of co-founder Joaquín Soruco, Mrs. Pilar Soruco, took over the direction of ORPAN in 1986.

At present, Mrs. Soruco is the main partner of ORPAN, working with a specialized team of more than 20 attorneys, assistants and paralegals. Among them is Mr. Wolfgang Ohnes, who previously was National Director of the Bolivian Patent and Trademarks Office and practitioner in the private sector since year 2000 in local and regional IP law firms.