Los Angeles - Cracking down on counterfeit commodities arriving from China, U.S. Customs and Border Protection import specialists and officers at Los Angeles International Airport discovered and confiscated five parcels containing counterfeit MAC/Estee Lauder make-up brushes with an estimated manufacturer's suggested retail price of $112,500.
The infringing merchandise comprised of 5,400 brushes in 225 kits arrived in Los Angeles from Jan. 20 to Feb. 11. CBP import specialists and officers targeted and seized the counterfeit merchandise at an air cargo express consignment location. The domestic value of the five shipments is $22,488.
"The illegal trade of unsafe counterfeit imports is harmful to U.S. consumers and the economy. Applying their skills and ability to detect trademark violations, CBP import specialists and officers at LAX continue to intercept and confiscate these illicit shipments," said CBP Acting Director of Field Operations Los Angeles, Carlos Martel.
The theft of intellectual property and the trade in counterfeit and pirated goods threatens America's innovation based economy, the competitiveness of our businesses, the livelihoods of U.S. workers, and, in some cases, national security and the health and safety of our consumers.
The trade in these illegitimate goods is associated with smuggling and other criminal activities, and often funds criminal enterprises. In fiscal year 2009, 14,841 seizures of counterfeit and pirated goods with a domestic value of $270.7 million were intercepted at U.S. ports of entry.
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 the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.