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Norfolk, Va CBP Officers Seize Counterfeit Hoverboards with Potentially Dangerous Batteries

Release Date: 
December 22, 2015

NORFOLK, Va. - While consumers around the world are in the midst of their holiday shopping, looking for that perfect gift for family, friends, coworkers, and clients, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Port of Norfolk, Va., are working to protect American consumers. These efforts have led to the seizure of 445 hoverboards with counterfeit trademarks, and fake, potentially dangerous batteries.

Photo of counterfeit hoverboards seized at the Port of Norfolk on December 16, 2015.

CBP officers seized more than $171,000 worth of counterfeit hoverboards at the Port of Norfolk on December 16, 2015.

CBP officers inspected a shipping container and discovered hoverboards containing batteries, manufactured in China and displaying the “Samsung” trademark. CBP determined that the mark was counterfeit and seized all 445 items on Wednesday.

The seized hoverboard shipment has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of more than $171,000.

Hoverboards—self-balancing, two-wheeled, motorized platforms—are one of this year’s most popular items. However, major safety concerns have surfaced following reports of fires possibly caused by substandard and counterfeit batteries within some hoverboards.

Counterfeit and pirated products threaten our economic security and undermine legitimate businesses that invest significant resources into manufacturing safe, quality products. Even worse, these products often pose serious health and safety hazards to the people who buy and use them.

"Enforcing product safety laws and protecting intellectual property rights are top priorities for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. By seizing untested and potentially hazardous products at our nation's borders, CBP officers protect the American consumer and contribute to a safe holiday season," said Mark J. Laria, CBP Area Port Director for the Port of Norfolk.

CBP’s vigilant enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights protects America’s businesses against the threat of unfair and illicit competition from foreign companies, and prevents goods that may be dangerous to consumers or national security from entering the United States.

If you are aware of or suspect a company or individual of infringing your trademark or copyright, please report the trade violation to CBP at e-Allegations Online Trade Violation Reporting System. Trade violations can also be reported by calling 1-800-BE-ALERT.  Consumers may reference the UL website ( for additional information.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017