WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the LosAngeles/Long Beach seaport seized a shipment containing
445 counterfeit "Beats by Dr. Dre" headphones and 28 all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) that violated U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations on February 5. The total value of the seized merchandise was $171,499.00.
"This seizure demonstrates the vigilance of CBP officers and partner agencies working together at the Commercial Targeting and Analysis Center (CTAC) to ensure the safety of the American public," said CBP Assistant Commissioner Allen Gina. "The co-location of CBP and partner agencies at the CTAC allows greater sharing of information and targeting tools to ensure the safety of imported merchandise. The CTAC demonstrates the possibilities when we work together as one U.S. Government at the border."
The shipment was targeted for examination by the CBP Commercial Targeting and Analysis Center in Washington, D.C. Working together at the CTAC, CBP and Consumer Product Safety Commission personnel identified the shipment as a high import safety risk. Examination of the cargo revealed the counterfeit products. The "Beats by Dr. Dre" headphones and [ ATVs ] motorcycles were not certified to meet EPA emissions standards.
CBP works closely with CPSC and the EPA to identify potentially unsafe shipments entering our ports of entry. Both agencies have established permanent staffing at the CTAC in Washington, D.C.
The CTAC combines resources and personnel from various government agencies to protect the American public from harm caused by unsafe imported products. The Center accomplishes this through enhanced communication and information-sharing and by reducing redundant inspection activities. For additional information on the CTAC, please visit their site.
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.