Customs and Border Protection recently announced three consumer product seizures due to counterfeiting:
- Chainsaw Sharpeners: The 500 violators of Stihl intellectual property were deemed to be worth $20,000. Customs stopped them in Cincinnati, Ohio enroute from Hong Kong to Greenwood, Ind. Learn more at bit.ly/3axbeGw.
- Electronics and Jewelry: Fake Apple Air Pods and phony Cartier bracelets were among items stopped in San Juan, PR. They came from Hong Kong in "numerous courier packages." Customs did not give a count but estimated the value at $530,000. See bit.ly/3oP2CA7.
- Pajamas: Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Chanel, Fendi and Versace brands were violated by 91 units (value $138,600) seized in Austin, Texas. They were from the Philippines and enroute to Leander, Texas. See bit.ly/3cG9OMx.
Counterfeits are safety risks as there typically are no assurances such products comply with applicable rules and standards. However, without explicitly known safety problems, Customs, not CPSC, has jurisdiction.