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CBP Seizes 30K Smart Phones

Release Date: 
September 9, 2015

Cellular devices contain counterfeit accessories

DALLAS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport seized 30,000 mobile phones and accessories, valued at more than $960,000.

Black smart phone, phone holder, charging cable, battery

CBP officers seized 30,000 smart phones and accessories for intellectual property rights violations. The accessories fraudulently included the Underwriters Laboratory mark.

The shipment of phones was seized for intellectual property rights (IPR) violations.

CBP officers conducted an inspection of mobile phones and accessories when they discovered Underwriters Laboratory (UL) markings on the battery and the charging cord that appeared to be counterfeit.  CBP officers and import specialists contacted UL who determined that the UL mark was in fact fraudulent.  Underwriters Laboratory has recorded its trademark with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

This shipment of counterfeit items which originated in China was enroute to Louisiana when CBP officers seized the shipment, Aug. 18.

“Counterfeiters have become increasingly sophisticated and aggressive in their efforts to pass unsafe and low quality products to American consumers,” said Dallas CBP Port Director Cleatus Hunt. “This seizure protects the trademark holder and its employees while denying profits to counterfeiters.”

CBP protects businesses and consumers every day through an aggressive IPR enforcement program. CBP targets and seizes imports of counterfeit and pirated goods, and enforces exclusion orders on patent-infringing and other IPR violative goods.

On a typical day in fiscal year 2014, CBP officers around the country seized more than $3.4 million worth of products because of IPR violations.  Since 2007, CBP identified IPR enforcement as a priority trade mission. For additional statistics and a list of the most popular counterfeit items, visit the fiscal year 2014 IPR report.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017