Louisville, IL - Louisville Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the UPS express consignment facility recently seized a shipment of counterfeit watches with a Manufacture's Suggested Retail Price of $933,318. The shipment, imported from China, infringed upon the intellectual property rights of Armani, Cartier, Lacoste and Breitling corporations.
"This is an outstanding example of how we protect the American public from high priced sub standard counterfeit goods," said David Murphy, Chicago CBP Director of Field Operations. "Consumers must have confidence in knowing that the products they purchase are legitimate, safe and supportive of the economy of the U.S. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is."
On June 23, the parcel of 1,500 watches addressed to a business in Texas, was intercepted by CBP. Upon examination by CBP officers and CBP import specialists the watches were determined to be in violation of intellectual property rights and as a result the entire shipment was seized. The case is currently under investigation.
Ceasing the flow of counterfeit and dangerous consumer products into this country is a trade priority for CBP. Officers at the Louisville UPS facility have made over 1,100 seizures of infringing merchandise this fiscal year with an estimated MSRP of almost $20,000,000. These types of fake items consist of watches, cell phones, computer items, integrated circuits, and clothing with Disney, Apple, and Underwriters Laboratory markings.
For more information on Intellectual Property Rights, visit the Customs and Border Protection web site.
CBP officers and agriculture specialists are stationed at 25 express consignment facilities located throughout the country where they process millions of inbound and outbound parcels overnight. CBP routinely conducts enforcement operations on international shipments to identify and intercept contraband or prohibited items being shipped to the U.S.
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.