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These Hello Kitty shopping bags were among thousands of counterfeits seized by the Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency’s Maritime Contraband Enforcement Team.




{p dir=”ltr”}The Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency’s Maritime Contraband Enforcement Team has seized a total of 13,615 counterfeit shopping bags and face masks that arrived from China, according to an agency press release.

{p dir=”ltr”}On March 16, the agency’s Maritime Division asked the enforcement team for help in inspecting a container allegedly containing counterfeit items.

{p dir=”ltr”}The inspection identified 1,625 suspected counterfeit branded nylon bags and 12,030 suspected counterfeit branded face masks.

{p dir=”ltr”}There were 40 non-brand nylon bags and face masks handed over to the consignee, consignee and owner of the goods shipped, while the remaining seized items are being held by customs and quarantine for final disposal.

{p dir=”ltr”}The seized intellectual property rights featured notable trademark infringements, including various Disney, Peanuts, Sesame Street, Hello Kitty, Sanrio, and Marvel trademarks.

{p dir=”ltr”}According to director Ike Q. Peredo, the property infringement can hit the owners of the brands as the reproduced items may not be up to the standard and quality of their own products. This damages the reputation and business of the brand owner and can potentially harm the consumer who unknowingly buys the counterfeit items believing they are the real quality.

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