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CBP Seizes Nearly $500K in Electronics

Release Date: 
May 23, 2017

Counterfeit adapters intercepted at DFW

DALLAS -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport intercepted a slew of counterfeit merchandise, May 18, bearing the brand name of company logos valued at nearly $500,000.

Counterfeit Bluetooth adapter
CBP seized these and other
counterfeit electronics headed
to Laredo, Texas.

CBP officers discovered the counterfeit shipment of over 22,000 separate electronic items after its Anti-Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team selected the shipment for examination.

The shipment of 64 boxes contained various electronic adapters bearing the brand name of Samsung. The shipment originated in Hong Kong and was destined for Laredo, Texas before CBP intercepted it.

“Our officers work tirelessly to ensure commodities making entry to the United States are legitimate, abide by U.S. laws and regulations, and will not bring about harm to the American public or the economy,” said CBP Port Director Cleatus P. Hunt Jr. “Our first responsibility is to the American people.”

Officers suspected the trademarked merchandise of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) violations because the logos appeared to be of poor quality and markedly different compared with the company’s previously shipped products. Additionally, the plain, unmarked boxes suggested there was no affiliation with the popular brand names.

Counterfeit adaptors
CBP seized counterfeit
adaptors valued at nearly
$500K.

CBP import specialists sent two separate letters to the shipper requesting license information granting the importer permission to produce and ship the imported commodities; however, no response was received and the merchandise was subsequently seized for trademark violations.

Representatives for Apple and Bluetooth’s Intellectual Property Rights confirmed that the adapters bearing their logos were in violation of the company’s protected trademark. The suggested retail value of the items totaled $470,502.50.

Intellectual Property Rights enforcement is a CBP Priority Trade Issue and seeks to disrupt the importation of counterfeit and illegitimate goods which threaten America’s innovation, economy and the livelihoods of U.S. workers. In this instance, these substandard electronic adapters could pose a health and safety risk to potential consumers.

CBP continues to target shipments that may include IPR violations. On a typical day in 2016, CBP officers seized $3.8 million worth of products with IPR violations. In the first half of fiscal year 2017, CBP operations led to the seizure of more than $14 million in counterfeit goods.

Last modified: 
May 23, 2017