Dallas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport seized 150 cartons of digital cameras bearing counterfeit SanDisk markings and in a separate instance seized three shipments of RCA stereos with iPod markings.
The counterfeit digital cameras, seized Oct. 14, containing the SanDisk markings have an manufacturer's suggested retail value of $291,000.
The other three shipments, seized Oct. 19, consisted of 5,040 RCA stereos with the iPod trademark with an suggested retail value of $1,002,960.
"Criminal organizations trafficking in counterfeit merchandise are taking advantage of consumers and the legitimate trademark holder," said (Acting) DFW Port Director Douglas Truesdale. "We will take every opportunity to intercept the unlawful trafficking of counterfeit goods."
The camera shipment, which originated in China, was inspected by CBP officers and found to contain 1,500 cameras marked with the SanDisk logo. After contacting SanDisk representatives to verify the shipment's authenticity, and providing additional information regarding the shipment, CBP confirmed that the markings were, in fact, counterfeit. CBP officers subsequently seized the shipment.
The RCA stereos, which originated in Hong Kong, bear Apple, Inc's iPod mark, and after contacting Apple representatives, CBP officers confirmed that the markings were counterfeit.
The electronics seizures were turned over to CBP's Seized Property Specialists who will determine disposition of the items. Customs and Border Protection may assess fines and penalties to the shipments' importers that could equal three times the amount of the MSRP value.
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.