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CBP Port of Savannah Seizes Over $1.6 Million in Sunglasses for Counterfeit Trademark

Release Date: 
August 12, 2014

SAVANNAH, Ga. — On July 23, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Savannah seized 377 cartons of sunglasses with an estimated manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $1,619,550.

The shipment is CBP Savannah’s second multi-million dollar seizure of counterfeit goods this year.

Counterfeit sunglasses seized at Port of Savannah.

Counterfeit sunglasses with an estimated manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $1,619,550 seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Savannah.

“Protecting the United States is more than just physical security; we prevent the importation of goods that infringe on legitimate businesses,” said Area Port director Lisa Brown. “We are vigilant to protect our domestic industries and the economy.”

CBP officers discovered the shipment of sunglasses in a container that was selected for examination. During the inspection, officers discovered that the items bore a similar trademark to the Ray Ban Sunglasses logo. The items contained logos and similarities on the hang tags and the sunglasses that infringes Ray Ban’s trademark.

Ray Ban is an international company owned by Luxottica Group S.P.A. Luxottica Group is a manufacturer of eyewear with more than 7,100 optical and sun retail stores in North America, Asia-Pacific, China, South Africa, Latin America and Europe. In addition to a global wholesale network involving 130 different countries, the Group manages leading retail chains in major markets in North America, Asia, China, and Latin America.

CBP protects businesses and consumers every day through an aggressive Intellectual Property Rights enforcement program. CBP targets and seizes imports of counterfeit and pirated goods, and enforces exclusion orders on patent-infringing and other IPR violative goods. Detailed information about recording intellectual property rights and reporting intellectual property infringement to CBP can be found on the CBP website.