On March 14, an estimated $1.1 million in counterfeit mobile phone accessories was seized at the seaport in Charleston, S.C. – many with markings of legitimate companies – by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations.
CBP Office of Field Operations is part of Homeland Security and serves an anti-terrorism mission at our nation’s ports, including screening all goods entering the U.S.
The shipment of mobile phone accessories came from China and included cases, charges, cables, and headphones. Upon inspection, CBP officers decided the cargo should be further examined.
Their appraisal discovered 85,000 accessories containing markings and images from companies such as Apple, Blu-Ray, and Marvel. When asked, companies confirmed the markings had been used without permission, making the items counterfeit and subject to seizure.
Officers also found 38,000 power adapters that included the mark of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) – a mark used to indicate products have met FCC operating and safety standards.
Investigation revealed these markings to be unauthorized by the FCC, which could have made the counterfeit products a significant safety risk for unsuspecting consumers.
Charleston Acting Area Port Director Joanne Fogg remarked on the seizures:
“I’m proud of the work our officers and import specialists are doing to keep counterfeit merchandise, some of which could be dangerous to consumers, out of U.S. commerce. CBP continues to work hard to protect legitimate businesses from unlawful use of their intellectual property.”
The shipment of illegal goods was reportedly headed for upstate South Carolina before the Border Patrol caught it.
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