ALEXANDRIA BAY, N.Y. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers have seized more than 1,700 counterfeit shirts at the Port of Alexandria Bay, N.Y. The shipment of shirts was valued by CBP at more than $66,000.
“Our officers and import specialists did an excellent job targeting this shipment and identifying the counterfeit items,” said Port Director Tim Walker.“CBP protects businesses and consumers every day with an aggressive intellectual property rights enforcement program.”
Officers selected a shipment for secondary examination where they discovered more than 1,700 shirts bearing the trademarks of Tapout and Ralph Lauren. Further examination by CBP officers indicated the shirts were counterfeit.
Products that infringe on U.S. trademarks, copyrights, and patents threaten the health and safety of American consumers, the economy, and national security.CBP and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations continue IPR enforcement against illicit imports.
If you have information about counterfeit merchandise being illegally imported into the U.S., CBP encourages you to submit an e-allegation. The e-allegation provides a means for the public to anonymously report to CBP any suspected violations of trade laws or regulations related to the importation of goods into the U.S.
Violations may include misclassification of merchandise, false country-of-origin markings, health and safety issues, valuation issues, and intellectual property rights. To submit your trade allegation, please visit e-allegation.
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.