San Juan – Customs and Border Protection (CBP) field operations announced Tuesday the seizure of 900 counterfeit Apple AirPods in separate packages imported to Ponce and San Juan from Hong Kong via air courier.
Had these goods been genuine, the estimated manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of the seized goods would have been approximately $ 217,400.
“It is unfortunate for consumers that these types of counterfeit products continue to be imported for resale, as illegitimate products can pose a threat to the health and safety of American consumers. All importers must exercise reasonable care when buying products from international suppliers to resell them in the United States, “said Leida Colón, deputy director of Field Operations for Commerce in written communication.
“The extremely low price is often a false brand indicator and the product may not have all the features that the customer expects,” he added.
The majority of counterfeit product seizures at the San Juan Field Office are jewelry, footwear, clothing, and prescription drugs.
The main countries of origin for most of these items are Hong Kong and China.
Manufacturing counterfeit products deprives legitimate businesses of income, robs American workers jobs, and poses threats to the health and safety of American consumers. Often times, the proceeds of counterfeit merchandise sales support other nefarious and illicit businesses.
CBP has an aggressive Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) enforcement program, targeting and seizing imports of counterfeit and pirated products, and enforcing exclusion orders for products that infringe patents and other IPRs.
Despite these efforts, the Internet has made it easy to find, buy, and ship items from almost anywhere in the world. With a high demand for well-known brands, many online sellers sell counterfeit products online, infringing on the rights and income of various trademark holders.
CBP has established an educational initiative to increase consumer attention and awareness of the consequences and dangers that are often associated with purchasing counterfeit and pirated products.
Information on the public awareness campaign The Truth Behind Counterfeits can be found at www.cbp.gov/fakegoodsrealdangers .
If you have information about suspected fraud or illegal business activity, report the business violation to the Business Violation Reporting System on the internet portal e-Allegations Online Trade Violation Reporting System or call 1-800-BE-ALERT.
Violations of intellectual property rights can also be reported to the National Center for the Coordination of Intellectual Property Rights at https://www.iprcenter.gov/referral/ or by phone at 1-866-IPR-2060.