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Counterfeit Jeans Seized by CBP

Release Date: 
August 21, 2012

Newark, N.J. - There is nothing worse than buying a name brand item only to find out it is counterfeit. Fortunately, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is there to ensure that the designer jeans you just purchased are authentic.

CBP Officers inspecting cargo containers at the Port of New York/New Jersey selected a container for inspection that was manifested as

CBP Officers inspecting cargo containers at the Port of New York/New Jersey selected a container for inspection that was manifested as "girl's cotton jeans." They offloaded the cargo and discovered that it contained a shipment of counterfeit Lee jeans.

On August 6th, CBP officers inspecting cargo containers at the Port of New York/New Jersey selected a container for inspection that was manifested as "girl's cotton jeans." They offloaded the cargo and discovered that it contained a shipment of counterfeit Lee jeans.

CBP import specialists determined that these jeans violated several different trademarks for clothing labels and corporate logos. The pants were of generally poor quality and lacked any licensing information, despite using the same logos as legitimate jeans.

"These interceptions are indicative of the exceptional skill level and superior commodity expertise of our CBP officers and import specialists at Newark/New York seaport. Preventing the entry of counterfeit items is crucial to protecting consumers as well as the economy of the United States," said Robert E. Perez, Director, Field Operations New York.

These counterfeit accessories had an estimated manufacturer's suggested retail price of more than $325,000.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017