Customs Officers seize $1M worth of hand-sanitizing stations

Customs Officers seize $1M worth of hand-sanitizing stations Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: October 28, 2020 01:15 PM

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations officers at the International Falls Port of Entry seized Android display hand-sanitizing stations valued at more than $1 Million in International Falls.

CBP officials said they targeted a rail container destined to arrive in Ranier, Minnesota. After inspecting it they discovered hand-sanitizing stations in violation of intellectual property rights (IPR) regulations.

CBP seized 440 hand-sanitizing stations on Monday with an estimated manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $1,047,200 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.”


Alejandra Palacios

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