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CBP Officers at Miami's Seaport Seize Counterfeit Hoverboards

Release Date: 
January 19, 2016

MIAMI — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers assigned to the Miami Seaport Trade Enforcement Team (TET) seized 235 cartons containing counterfeit hoverboards with an estimated MSRP of $94,000.  The self-balancing scooters, commonly referred to as “hoverboards” contained batteries that were deemed unauthorized and therefore counterfeit.

“The men and women of CBP have many important roles. One such role is ensuring that products entering the U.S. are safe,” said Port Director Dylan DeFrancisci. “This is an example of ensuring that a product, potentially making its way to a child, has genuine parts and is safe for use.”

photo of counterfeit hoverboard

CBP officers seized counterfeit hoverboards at Miami's seaport.

Hoverboards—self-balancing, two-wheeled, motorized platforms—are some of this year’s most popular items. However, major safety concerns have surfaced following reports of fires possibly caused by substandard and counterfeit lithium ion batteries that power some hoverboards. U.S. Customs and Border Protection has also recently seized counterfeit products at ports in Virginia.  CBP is partnering with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) concerning the use of counterfeit and unauthorized batteries in hoverboards.

If you are aware of or suspect a company or individual of infringing your trademark or copyright, please report the trade violation to e-Allegations Online Trade Violation Reporting System or by calling 1-800-BE-ALERT. Consumers may also report incidents to the Consumer Products Safety Commission via SaferProducts.gov.

IPR enforcement is a CBP Priority Trade Issue. Travelers are encouraged to visit CBP’s Travel section to learn rules governing travel to and from the U.S.

The men and women of CBP are responsible for enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws and regulations. On a typical day, CBP welcomes nearly 1 million visitors, screens more than 67,000 cargo containers, arrests more than 1,100 individuals and seizes nearly 6 tons of illicit drugs.

In Florida, CBP facilitates travel and trade and secures over 1,200 miles of the coastal border. Find out more and get real-time updates at @CBPFlorida on Twitter.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017