Atlanta - On November 12, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Atlanta intercepted and seized 870 counterfeit wool ski caps. The shipment had a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $15,500.
The counterfeit ski caps, made to resemble children's cartoon characters, were discovered during a physical inspection of the merchandise. The cartons, manifested as handicrafts from Ecuador, had been designated by CBP officers for examination. After determining the trademark violations, the merchandise was seized by CBP officers. Trademark violations found included Hello Kitty, Angry Birds, Yogi Bear, Spiderman, Marvel Comics, Smurfs, Shrek, Looney Tunes, Sponge Bob and Crabby, Ice Age, and Disney -Lilo and Stich.
"CBP protects businesses and consumers every day through an aggressive Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) enforcement program," said Atlanta Port Director Stephen Kremer. "Our officers and import specialists play a vital role in this effort."
To address the ongoing threat to domestic industries and the need to identify and interdict counterfeit goods, CBP works closely with private industry, other U.S. government agencies, and foreign governments to stem the flow of illegal goods to protect consumers and the economy. For more information on intellectual property rights dealing with trademarks, please visit the CBP website.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.