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CBP at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport Halts Bling of $680,000 in Championship Rings

Release Date: 
June 16, 2016

DETROIT— In late April, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport seized $680,000 (MSRP) in counterfeit NHL, NFL and MLB championship rings in a shipment that originated on a flight from China.

While conducting operations at a DHL consignment facility, the Cargo Enforcement Team selected and examined a shipment of rings from China, resulting in the discovery of 136 counterfeit championship rings from the National Football League, National Hockey League and Major League Baseball. In all, the counterfeit rings displayed the names and logos of several teams such as the Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Giants, Oakland Raiders, New Orleans Saints, and New York Jets.  The shipment also included rings for the Chicago Black Hawks and the Boston Red Sox.

$680,000 in Championship Rings seized at Detroit Metro Airport
$680,000 in Championship Rings seized
at Detroit Metro Airport

“CBP continues to devote its efforts and resources to target, intercept and seize shipments of commodities that violate trade laws,” stated Gary Calhoun, Acting Port Director for Detroit Metropolitan Airport. “Through tireless efforts, CBP officers and import specialists conduct these operations to stop shipments containing counterfeit and pirated items.”

The company identified as the receiver of the rings used a fictitious name and was found to have previous copyright/trademark violations. 

The enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights is a CBP Priority Trade Issue.  Priority Trade Issues represent high-risk areas that can cause significant revenue loss, harm the U.S. economy, or threaten the health and safety of the American people.  They drive the risk-informed investment of CBP resources as well as enforcement and facilitation efforts, including special enforcement operations, outreach, and regulatory initiatives.

NOTE: Images of seizure can be found on our Twitter account @CBPGreatLakes

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017