CBP Officers Seize Space Heaters in International Falls
CBP Officers Seize Space Heaters
Valued at Over $500,000 in International Falls
INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. US. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations officers at the International Falls Port of Entry targeted three rail containers destined to arrive in Ranier, Minnesota. CBP officers inspected the rail containers and
discovered space heaters in violation of intellectual property rights (IPR) regulations. CBP seized 5,996 space heaters the last week of November with an estimated manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $527,648, if the goods had been genuine.
“CBP is focused on identifying and intercepting counterfeit merchandise and products. The enforcement of trade laws at U.S. ports of entry remains a high priority for us,” said Anthony Jackson, International Falls Port Director. “Counterfeiting adversely allOcts the abilily of lawful copyright holders 10 prolit from [heir original ideas. Counterfeiting also harms consumers because manufactnrers of forged products have little motivation to use high-quality materials in their products: ‘
Stopping the flow of illicit goods is a priority Iradc issue for C13P. The importation of counterfciL merchandisc can damage the US. economy and threaten the health and safety oflhc American people. For more information on C13P’s Il’R priority trade issuc visit: CBP Trade and IPR.
With the growth of foreign trade, unscrupulous companies have profited billions of dollars from the safe of counterfeit and pirated goods. To combat the illicit tradc of merchandise violating laws relating 10 ‘PR, trademark and copyright holders may register with CBP through an onEinc system. Such registration assists CBP ol’liccrs and import specialists in identiiYing merchandise that violates U.S. law.
CBP’s ‘PR enforcement strategy is multi-layered and includes seizing illegal merchandise al our bordcrs, pushing (he border “outward” through audits ot- suspect importers, cooperaling with our international trading partners, and collaborating with industry and governmental agencies to enhance these efforts,
CBP has establiShed an educational initiative at U.S. international airports and online to raise consumer awareness about the consequences and dangers that can be associated with the purchase of counterfeit and pirated goods. These include the loss of American jobs, support of criminal activity, significant risks to consumer health and safety, and the impacts of unknowingly purchasing counterfeits online. For more information, see www.cbp.pov/fakegoodsrealdangers,
If you have any information regarding suspected fraud or illegal trade activity, please contact
CBP through the e-AIIegations Online Trade Violation Reporting System or by calling 1-800BE-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 1-866-1PR-2060.