CBP San Juan Seizes 201 Fake Designer Wallets and a Luxury Watch
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico —U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) San Juan Field Operations announced Friday the seizure of 201 counterfeit designer wallets in 1 parcel box coming from Hong Kong via air courier. Another parcel had a luxury watch. The estimated manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) of the seized wallets is approximately $140K, and for the luxury watch is $120K; had the goods been genuine.
“Wallets and purses are among the top 10 types of products that CBP seizes for Intellectual Property Rights violations,” indicated Leida Colon, Assistant Director of Field Operations for Trade.
The majority of the counterfeits seized the San Juan Field Office are illegitimate goods in the jewelry, footwear, clothing and prescription drugs product categories. The source countries for most of these items are Hong Kong and China.
The sale of counterfeit goods robs legitimate businesses of revenue, robs American workers of jobs, and poses health and safety threats to U.S. consumers. Often, the proceeds from counterfeit merchandise sales support nefarious or illicit businesses and activities.
Despite these efforts, the internet has made it easy to find, purchase, and ship items from almost anywhere in the world. With a high demand for well-known brands, many online vendors sell counterfeit products online, infringing on various trademark holder’s rights and revenues. CBP has established an educational initiative to raise consumer awareness and conscientiousness about the consequences and dangers that are often associated with the purchase of counterfeit and pirated goods. Information about the Truth Behind Counterfeits public awareness campaign can be found at www.cbp.gov/fakegoodsrealdangers.
If you have any information regarding suspected fraud or illegal trade activity, please report the trade violation to e-Allegations Online Trade Violation Reporting System or by calling 1-800-BE-ALERT.
IPR violations can also be reported to the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center at https://www.iprcenter.gov/referral/ or by telephone at 1-866-IPR-2060.
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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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.