CBP officials at portal seize over $2 million worth of fake entertainment systems

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PORTAL, ND — Officers from the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations at the Portal Port of Entry aimed at a railroad container scheduled to arrive in North Dakota. CBP officers inspected the rail container and discovered counterfeit entertainment systems that violated intellectual property rights (IPR) regulations.

CBP officers at Portal Port of Entry seized counterfeits
Entertainment systems valued more highly
than $2 million if the merchandise was genuine.

CBP on Wednesday seized 6,464 of the counterfeit entertainment systems with an estimated manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $2,068,480 if the goods were genuine.

“CBP is focused on identifying and intercepting counterfeit goods and products. Enforcing trade laws at US ports of entry remains a high priority for us,” said James Rector, Portal Port Director. “Counterfeiting impairs the ability of legitimate copyright owners to benefit from their original ideas. Counterfeits also harm consumers because manufacturers of counterfeit products have little motivation to use safe and quality materials in their products.”

Stopping the flow of illicit goods is a priority trading issue for CBP. Importing counterfeit goods can harm the US economy and endanger the health and safety of the American people. For more information on CBP’s IPR priority topic, see: CBP Trade and IPR.

With the growth of foreign trade, unscrupulous companies have made billions of dollars from the sale of counterfeit and pirated goods. To combat the illicit trade in goods that infringe intellectual property laws, trademark and copyright owners can register with CBP through an online system. Such registration helps CBP officials and import specialists identify goods that violate US laws.

CBP’s intellectual property enforcement strategy is multifaceted and includes seizing illegal goods at our borders, moving the border “outside” through audits of suspected importers, working with our international trading partners, and working with industry and government agencies to increase these efforts.

CBP has launched an education initiative at US international airports and online to raise consumer awareness of the consequences and dangers that can be associated with purchasing counterfeit and pirated goods. These include the loss of American jobs, support for criminal activity, significant risks to consumer health and safety, and the impact of unknowingly buying counterfeits online. For more information, visit www.cbp.gov/fakegoodsrealdangers.

If you have information regarding suspected fraud or illegal trading activity, please contact CBP through the e-Allegations Online Trade Violation Reporting System or by calling 1-800-BE-ALERT. IPR violations can also be reported to the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center at https://www.iprcenter.gov/referral/ or by calling 1-866-IPR-2060.

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