CBP Seizes $4.4 Million in Counterfeit Products in Puerto Rico, USVI
SAN JUAN — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) San Juan Field Operations announced Tuesday the seizure of counterfeit products imported into Puerto Rico via international mail or courier before and after the holidays.
The estimated manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) of the counterfeit products seized to date is an estimated $15 million. The actual price of the purchased merchandise is approximately $4.4 million, the agency said.
“Purchasing knock-offs of high-end, high-demand products online does have a great impact on the local economy,” Leida Colon, assistant director of Field Operations for Trade said in a release. “Unfair and illegal competition dislocates appropriate local business activity, with clear negative effects on local consumers, governments and the potential economic recovery.”
In a six-day special operation in January, CBP officers intercepted 73 packages with intellectual property rights (IPR) violations valued at an estimated MSRP of $1.8 million.
Among the merchandise CBP officers seized are watches, jewelry, bags, clothing and sunglasses that were illegally using known brands such as Rolex, Hublot, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Pandora, Tous and Nike.
“The manufacture of counterfeit goods raids legitimate businesses of revenue, deprives American workers of jobs, and poses health and safety threats to U.S. consumers. In many instances, the proceeds from counterfeit merchandise sales supports other nefarious and illicit businesses,” the CBP wrote.
CBP has established a public awareness campaign about counterfeit and pirated goods. For more information please visit www.cbp.gov/fakegoodsrealdangers.
The CBP urges that any information regarding suspected fraud or illegal trade activity is reported 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 telephone at 1-866-IPR-2060.