AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) San Juan Field Operations announced Tuesday the seizure of one hundred (100) counterfeit Nintendo Mini Gaming consoles inside a parcel package coming from Hong Kong into the Rafael Hernandez International Airport Cargo facility. The estimated manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) of the seized products is approximately $326K, had the goods been genuine.
“Manufacturers can hold their intellectual property rights to products irrespective of the passage of time,” indicated Leida Colon, Assistant Director of Field Operations for Trade. “Even vintage games like the ones in these consoles are protected by law.”
The majority of the counterfeits seized in the San Juan Field Office are illegitimate goods in the jewelry, footwear, clothing and prescription drugs product categories. The source economies for most of these items are Hong Kong and China. During this summer, the San Juan Field Office has also seized one thousand luxury and brand watches, designer pendants, 560 fake Apple Airpods, jewelry and watches, and 844 counterfeit alloy wheels.
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.
Follow CBP Office of Trade on Twitter @CBPTradeGov.
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.