10/25/2010 07:51:00 PM EST
CBP Kicks Fake NFL, NBA, MLB Jerseys Out for Season
From the US Customs and Border Protection
More than $60,000 of Counterfeit Sports Apparel Seized
Los Angeles - Cracking down on unlicensed merchandise
arriving from China, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers
and import specialists confiscated fifteen parcels containing
counterfeit NFL, NBA and MLB jerseys with an estimated manufacturer's
suggested retail price (MSRP) of $61,333.
"Counterfeit sports apparel typically looks similar
to brand name jerseys but are cheaper and of poorer quality. CBP
officers and import specialists are highly specialized on product
identification, detection and interception of trademark violators," said
CBP Acting Director of Field Operations in Los Angeles, Carlos Martel.
officers discovered the infringing parcels at air cargo consignment
locations at Los Angeles and Ontario international airports in a string
of seizures in the last three weeks. The combined domestic value of the
seized merchandise is $25,534.
theft of intellectual property and the trade in counterfeit and pirated
goods threatens America's innovation based economy, the competitiveness
of our businesses, the livelihoods of U.S. workers, and, in some cases,
national security and the health and safety of our consumers.
trade in these illegitimate goods is associated with smuggling and
other criminal activities, and often funds criminal enterprises. In
Fiscal Year 2009, 14,841 seizures of counterfeit and pirated goods with a
domestic value of $270.7 million were intercepted at U.S. ports of
U.S. Customs and Border
Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of
Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of
our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is
charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the
country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.