PHILADELPHIA – Some people may have an excuse for already abandoning their New Year’s fitness resolution: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seized $35,000 in counterfeit smart wristbands recently in Philadelphia.
The shipment arrived from Hong Kong on December 4, 2015. Working with the trademark holder, CBP determined that the 350 smart wristbands were counterfeit, and seized them on January 4. If authentic, the smart wristbands would have had a total estimated manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of about $35,000.
“Customs and Border Protection will continue to work closely with our trade and consumer safety partners to identify and seize counterfeit and substandard merchandise, especially those products that pose potential harm to American consumers,” said Susan Stranieri, CBP Port Director for the Area Port of Philadelphia. “Intellectual property rights enforcement is a CBP priority trade issue, and a mission that we take very seriously.”
The theft of intellectual property and trade in fake goods threaten America’s economic vitality and national security, and the American people’s health and safety. Trade in illicit goods funds criminal activities and organized crime.
To protect both private industry and consumers, CBP has made Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) enforcement a CBP Priority Trade Issue.
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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.