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Philadelphia CBP Seizes $253k in Counterfeit Speakers from China bound for Los Angeles

Release Date: 
July 11, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized 1,626 counterfeit Edison Professional speakers in Philadelphia July 9. If authentic, the speakers would have a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $253,572.

CBP officers seized a shipment of counterfeit speakers in Philadelphia July 9, 2019.The speakers arrived in two shipments to Philadelphia from China June 13. The first shipment consisted of 975 Edison Professional M7000 speakers and the second shipment consisted of 651 Edison Professional EP-365 speakers. They were destined to an address in Los Angeles. CBP officers inspected the speakers and suspected them to be counterfeit due to the poor quality of the packaging and markings.

Officers contacted CBP’s Electronics Centers for Excellence and Expertise, the agency’s trade experts, who confirmed July 1 that the Bluetooth markings on the speakers were counterfeit.

Consumer safety and trademark protection is one of Customs and Border Protection’s top trade enforcement priorities.

“In addition to substantial theft suffered by the lawful trademark holders, these counterfeit speakers may also pose a threat to American consumers because of the potential for counterfeit electronics to overheat and ignite,” said Casey Durst, CBP Director of Field Operations in Baltimore. “Customs and Border Protection officers will continue to work closely with our trade and consumer safety partners to identify and seize imported counterfeit merchandise, especially those products that pose potential harm to American consumers.”

The counterfeit speakers displayed poor quality packaging.CBP protects businesses and consumers every day through an aggressive Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) enforcement program. 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 in 2018, CBP officers seized $3.7 million worth of products with IPR violations. Learn more about what CBP did during "A Typical Day" in 2018.

In Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, the number of IPR seizures increased 8 percent to 34,143 from 31,560 in FY 2016.  The total estimated MSRP of the seized goods, had they been genuine, decreased to $1.2 billion from $1.38 billion in FY 2016. Read more 2017 IPR Enforcement Statistics.

As a result of CBP enforcement efforts, ICE Homeland Security Investigations agents arrested 457 individuals, obtained 288 indictments, and received 242 convictions related to intellectual property crimes in 2017.

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.

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Last modified: 
July 11, 2019