3,000 Fake Barbies Confiscated at the Border

A fashion doll seized at the border. A fashion doll seized at the border. |  Photo: Courtesy: Customs and Border Protection

September 27, 2017 10:06 AM

Don't mess with Barbie. More than 3,000 fashion dolls that were made to look like her were seized at the border in August.

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According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, officers working in International Falls targeted a rail container destined for Ranier.

Inside, they found 3,004 fashion dolls. The agency said that they were pirate copies of Mattel's Barbie. Customs and Border Protection officers seized the dolls, which had a suggested retail price of over $85,000.

"CBP continues to play a key role in Intellectual Property Rights enforcement," said Anthony Jackson, International Falls Port Director. "CBP continues to stay focused on combating the illegitimate trade in counterfeit products."

Stopping the flow of illicit goods is a priority trade issue for CBP. The importation of counterfeit merchandise can damage the U.S. economy and threaten the health and safety of the American people. 


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