Counterfeit electronics valued at more than $1 million were recently seized at the International Falls port of entry by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers.
The goods found to be in violation of intellectual property rights, or IPR, regulations were seized after officers targeted three rail containers destined to arrive in Ranier. CBP officers inspected the rail containers and discovered several products, including LED televisions, gas-pricing displays, Samsung and Apple chargers, and earphones. The total MSRP of the recent seizures is $1,086,422.
The seizures were made on:
July 16, when CBP seized counterfeit Samsung and Apple chargers, as well as earphones, with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price, or MSRP, of $55,172 if the goods had been genuine.
July 11, CBP seized gas-pricing displays with an estimated MSRP of $594,750 if the goods had been genuine.
June 26, when 1,455 counterfeit televisions with an estimated MSRP, of $436,500 if the goods had been genuine.
“The enforcement of trade laws at U.S. ports of entry remains a high priority for us,” said Anthony Jackson, International Falls port director, in a news release. “CBP works diligently to protect companies from unauthorized use of their trademarks as well as consumers from counterfeit products.”
Stopping the flow of illicit goods is a priority trade issue for CBP, said the news release. The importation of counterfeit merchandise can damage the U.S. economy and threaten the health and safety of the American people. For more information on CBP’s IPR priority trade issue visit: CBP Trade and IPR.
“With the growth of foreign trade, unscrupulous companies have profited billions of dollars from the sale of counterfeit and pirated goods,” said the news release. “To combat the illicit trade of merchandise violating laws relating to IPR, trademark and copyright holders may register with CBP through an online system. Such registration assists CBP officers and import specialists in identifying merchandise that violates U.S. law.”
CBP’s IPR enforcement strategy is multi-layered and includes seizing illegal merchandise at borders, pushing the border “outward” through audits of suspect importers, cooperating with our international trading partners, and collaborating with industry and governmental agencies to enhance these efforts.
CBP has established an educational initiative at U.S. international airports and online to raise consumer awareness about the consequences and dangers that can be associated with the purchase of counterfeit and pirated goods. These include the loss of American jobs, support of criminal activity, significant risks to consumer health and safety, and the impacts of unknowingly purchasing counterfeits online. For more information, see www.cbp.gov/fakegoodsrealdangers.
Anyone having information regarding suspected fraud or illegal trade activity, may contact CBP through the e-Allegations Online Trade Violation Reporting System or by calling 1-800-BE-ALERT. IPR violations can also be reported to the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center at https://www.iprcenter.gov/referral/ or by telephone at 1-866-IPR-2060.