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CBP Seizes Thousands of Counterfeit Televisions at Miami Seaport

Release Date: 
July 24, 2015

MIAMI - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Miami Seaport seized 2,167 counterfeit televisions with a combined Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) value of $610,400. The shipment of TVs originated in China and was destined for an address in the Midwest.

Counterfeit televisions with MSRP value of more than $600,000 seized at Miami Seaport

Counterfeit televisions with MSRP value of more than $600,000 seized at Miami Seaport

CBP suspected the TVs were counterfeit, as CBP officers observed possible infringing recorded MHL and HDMI trademarks. CBP import specialists determined the products to be counterfeit and CBP officers seized the televisions.

“Counterfeiters are becoming increasingly sophisticated in their efforts, and CBP officers and import specialists at the Miami Seaport take great pride in protecting Americans from low quality and unsafe products,” said Miami Seaport Port Director Diane Sabatino.

CBP protects businesses and consumers every day through an aggressive Intellectual Property Rights (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 counterfeit goods totaling more than $3.4 million. In Fiscal Year 2014, CBP made more than 23,000 seizures of counterfeit goods worth an estimated $1.2 billion.

China, Hong Kong, Canada, India and United Arab Emirates were the top five countries of origination for counterfeit goods seized by CBP last fiscal year.

For additional information, statistics and a list of the frequently-encountered counterfeit items and their worth, view the 2014 IPR report.

To learn more about CBP activity in Florida, follow us on Twitter @CBPFlorida.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017