ALEXANDRIA BAY, N.Y. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Alexandria Bay Port of Entry seized designer scarves worth more than $285,000, due to trademark violations.
Earlier this month, a shipment that was manifested as "clothing" was seized after a thorough examination determined the contents to be counterfeit scarves. A total of 588 scarves were seized by CBP, as they violated Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) of the Louis Vuitton trademark. This week, CBP officers determined that the scarves had a total Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) value of approximately $285K dollars.
IPR violations pertain to products that infringe upon U.S. trademarks, copyrights, and patents. Other violations can include misclassification of merchandise, false country-of-origin markings, health and safety issues, and valuation issues. These violations can threaten the health and safety of American consumers, the economy and national security.
“Our CBP officers focus on processing legitimate trade and travel and do a great job of intercepting fraudulent goods,” said Alexandria Bay Port Director Timothy Walker. “We continue to have a pivotal role in protecting both the consumer and businesses from imported counterfeit items.”
If you have information about counterfeit merchandise being illegally imported into the U.S., CBP encourages you to submit an E-Allegation. The E-Allegation provides a means for the public to anonymously report to CBP any suspected violations of trade laws or regulations related to the importation of goods into the U.S.
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