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CBP officers seize counterfeit Rocket Copters at International Falls Port of Entry

Release Date: 
June 19, 2017

Seized counterfiet rocket copters
CBP officers at the International Falls,
Minnesota, Port of Entry recently seized
a shipment of counterfeit toys.

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations officers working at the International Falls Port of Entry (POE) recently targeted a rail container destined to arrive at the Ranier POE. In early June, CBP officers inspected the rail container and discovered merchandise that violated multiple laws and regulations.

The merchandise consisted of 7,760 Rocket Copters. Examination of the merchandise revealed counterfeit trademark violations on the Rocket Copters. As a result, CBP seized those items. The counterfeit merchandise had an aggregate manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $116,322.

“CBP continues to play a key role in Intellectual Property Rights enforcement,” said Anthony Jackson, International Falls Port Director. “CBP continues to stay focused on combating the illegitimate trade in counterfeit products.”

Stopping the flow of illicit goods is a priority trade issue for CBP. The importation of counterfeit merchandise can damage the U.S. economy and threaten the health and safety of the American people. For more information on CBP’s Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) priority trade issue visit: CBP Trade and IPR.

With the growth of foreign trade, unscrupulous companies have profited billions of dollars from the sale of counterfeit and pirated goods. To combat the illicit trade of merchandise violating laws relating to IPR, trademark and copyright holders may register with CBP through an online system. Such registration assists CBP officers and import specialists in identifying merchandise that violate U.S. law.

CBP’s IPR enforcement strategy is multi-layered and includes seizing illegal merchandise at our borders, pushing the border “outward” through audits of suspect importers, cooperating with our international trading partners, and collaborating with industry and governmental agencies to enhance these efforts.

Last modified: 
June 19, 2017