DALLAS -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport intercepted a shipment of 1000 counterfeit smartwatches originating from China. During examination of these products, CBP officers found that the packaging and the smartwatch operating system were counterfeit.
The importer was given an opportunity to submit proof of Trademark Licensing to CBP but failed to do so. “Counterfeiting, piracy and trademark violations are not victimless crimes.” said CBP Acting Port Director O’Ruill McCanlas. “This type of criminal enterprise hurts the business, its
employees who rely on the success of that business and unsuspecting consumers looking to purchase legitimate items proven to be standard bearers in their field. Our CBP officers take every opportunity to disrupt and intercept shipments containing violations of intellectual property rights.”
Counterfeit watches and jewelry topped the list of seized items by value in fiscal year 2015, with the total estimated Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of seized watches and jewelry exceeding $508,000,000.
CBP and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) released their Fiscal Year 2015 IPR Seizure Statistics on April 15, 2016. In Fiscal Year 2015, 28,865 seizures of counterfeit and pirated goods, worth an estimated MSRP value of $1.3 billion, were processed.
If you have any suspicion of or 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.