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Dulles CBP Seizes Counterfeit Beats Headphones

Release Date: 
December 22, 2017

STERLING, Va., – If you are waiting on Beats head phones as a special gift for the holidays, your wait just got a little longer.

CBP officers seized these Beats by Dr. Dre wireless headphones.
CBP officers seized these Beats by
Dr. Dre wireless headphones in air
cargo near Sterling, Va.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized 240 of the popular wireless headphones for being counterfeits to the Dr. Dre trademark.  The parcel also contained packaging that suggested the Beats were shipped for resale.  Officers also seized two sweatshirts bearing a counterfeit Dolce & Gabbana trademark. The manufacturer suggested retail price, if authentic, was $18,360 for the headphones and $1,050 for the sweatshirts.

The parcel arrived at an air cargo warehouse near Washington Dulles International Airport from China December 11.  CBP’s Consumer Products and Mass Merchandising Centers for Excellence and Expertise, the agency’s trade experts, worked with the trademark holders to verify the products as counterfeits.  CBP completed the seizure Wednesday.

“Customs and Border Protection will continue to work closely with our trade and consumer safety partners to seize counterfeit and inferior merchandise, especially those products that pose potential harm to American consumers, negatively impact legitimate business brand reputations, and potentially steal jobs from U.S. workers,” said Daniel Mattina, CBP Acting Port Director for the Area Port of Washington, D.C.

The parcel also contained non-branded USB car chargers.

CBP protects businesses and consumers every day through an aggressive Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) enforcement program, and has made IPR enforcement a CBP Priority Trade Issue

CBP and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement seized a record number of goods that violated Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in FY2016.

Packaging for Beats by Dr Dre wireless headphones.
Packaging for Beats by Dr Dre
wireless headphones.

The number of IPR seizures increased 9 percent in FY2016 to more than 31,560.  The total estimated manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of the seized goods, had they been genuine, increased to more than $1.38 billion.  As a result of CBP enforcement efforts, ICE Homeland Security Investigations agents arrested 451 individuals, obtained 304 indictments, and received 272 convictions related to intellectual property crimes in FY2016.

On a typical day in 2016, CBP officers seized $3.8 million worth of products with IPR violations.

“The theft of intellectual property and the trade in substandard and often dangerous goods threatens America’s innovation economy and consumer health and safety, and it generates proceeds that fund criminal activities and organized crime,” said Casey Owen Durst, CBP’s Field Operations Director in Baltimore, the agency’s operational commander in the Mid-Atlantic region.  “Intellectual property rights enforcement is a Customs and Border Protection priority trade issue, and a mission that we take seriously.”

If you have information about counterfeit merchandise being illegally imported into the United States, CBP encourages you to submit an anonymous report through e-Allegations Online Trade Violation Reporting System.

CBP’s Office of Field Operations

Almost a million times each day, CBP officers welcome international travelers into the U.S.  In screening both foreign visitors and returning U.S. citizens, CBP uses a variety of techniques to intercept narcotics, unreported currency, weapons, prohibited agriculture, and other illicit products, and to assure that global tourism remains safe and strong. 

CBP's border security mission is led at ports of entry by CBP officers from the Office of Field Operations.  Please visit CBP Ports of Entry to learn more about how CBP’s Office of Field Operations secures our nation’s borders.

Read what CBP accomplished ‘On a Typical Day’ during 2016.  Learn more at www.CBP.gov.

Last modified: 
January 2, 2018