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Counterfeit Watches Seized by CBP

Release Date: 
November 21, 2012

Port of Newark/New York - A designer high-end watch is a symbol of a successful business person. U.S. Customs and Border Protection are there to make sure that the 'bling' on your wrist is the genuine article.

A counterfeit Breitling watch seized by CBP.

A counterfeit Breitling watch seized by CBP.

On November 9, CBP officers inspecting cargo containers at the Port of New York/Newark selected a container manifested as "bearings." They offloaded the cargo and discovered that it contained a shipment of counterfeit Rolex, Tag Heuer, Omega and Breitling watches.

CBP import specialists determined that these watches violated several different trademarks and corporate logos. These items were of generally poor quality and lacked any licensing information, despite using the same logos as the legitimate watches.

"The CBP officers and import specialists at the Port of New York/Newark

CBP seized a large shipment of counterfeit watches including this Rolex.

CBP seized a large shipment of counterfeit watches including this Rolex.

work tirelessly to ensure that counterfeit products are seized before they can enter the country and wind up in your home. These professionals stand united in combating the flow of knock-off products that negatively affects the United States and the world economy," said Robert E. Perez, Director, Field Operations New York.

These counterfeit watches had an estimated domestic value of approximately $220,500 and an estimated manufacturer's suggested retail price of nearly $62 million.

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 terriost weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017