Customs Officers seize infrared zone heaters valued at over $200,000

Customs Officers seize infrared zone heaters valued at over $200,000

Created: January 19, 2021 10:54 AM

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the International Falls Port of Entry seized infrared zone heaters valued at over $200,000 Friday.

Customs officials said they targeted a rail container destined to arrive in Ranier, Minnesota. Officers inspected the container and discovered the heaters which were in violation of intellectual property rights regulations.

CBP seized 780 heaters with an estimated manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $261,060, 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 affects the ability of lawful copyright holders to profit from their original ideas. Counterfeiting also harms consumers because manufacturers of forged products have little motivation to use safe, high-quality materials in their products.”

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