NORFOLK VA— U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seized nearly $148,000 in counterfeit Disney and Nickelodeon Apparel on September 29 that arrived earlier at the Port of Norfolk.
The container of garments which originated in Egypt and destined for California was referred to CBP’s warehouse due to commodity inconsistencies. Originally, the shipment was manifested as household goods, which caused the referral. Upon a physical examination, various garments bearing questionable Disney and Nickelodeon/Spin Master trademarks were discovered. CBP detained the garments and learned that the consignee did not have authority to import the shirts.
"CBP has a lead role in protecting both the American consumer and domestic businesses," said Mark J. Laria Norfolk Area Port Director. "This seizure is an excellent example of the steps CBP has taken in the area of enforcing IPR laws.”
CBP targets and seizes imports of counterfeit and pirated goods, and enforces exclusion orders on patent-infringing and other Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) merchandise. Stopping the flow of fake goods is a priority for the U.S. government and CBP has designated IPR enforcement as a Priority Trade Issue. Importation of counterfeit merchandise can cause significant revenue loss, damage the U.S. economy and threaten the health and safety of American people
On a typical day during 2015, CBP seized $3.7 million worth of products that violate IPR laws at our nation’s 328 ports of entry. View CBP Snapshot to learn what else CBP achieves ‘On a Typical Day.’ Learn more about how CBP secures our nation’s borders at www.CBP.gov.