ALEXANDRIA BAY, New York – US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in the Alexandria Bay port of entry seized more than $285,000 worth of designer scarves over trademark infringement claims.
Earlier this month, a shipment of what turned out to be “clothes” was seized after a thorough investigation found the contents were fake scarves. A total of 588 scarves were seized by the CBP for infringing on the Louis Vuitton brand’s intellectual property rights (IPR). This week, CBP officials noted that the scarves had a total manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of about $285,000.
IPR infringement refers to products that infringe US trademarks, copyrights and patents. Other violations can include misclassification of goods, incorrect country of origin designations, health and safety issues, and valuation issues. These violations can threaten the health and safety of American consumers, the economy, and national security.
“Our CBP officers are focused on processing legitimate trade and travel and do an excellent job of intercepting fraudulent goods,” said Alexandria Bay Port Director Timothy Walker. “We continue to play a pivotal role in protecting consumers and businesses from imported counterfeit items.”
If you have information about counterfeit goods being illegally imported into the United States, CBP encourages you to file an e-Allegation. E-Allegation provides the public with an opportunity to anonymously report to CBP any suspected violation of trade laws or regulations related to the importation of goods into the United States
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