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Charleston CBP Seizes Cell Phone Accessories
May 1, 2017

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations, at Charleston seaport seized about $1.1 million in fake mobile phone accessories on March 14. Among these items included phone cases, chargers, cables, and headphones. The products were coming from China when they arrived at the port and were destined for upstate South Carolina. After the shipment details were inspected, it was determined that the cargo needed further scrutiny. After the customs examination and appraisal, it was found that 85,000 individual accessories carrying images of various retailers were being used without permission.

“I’m proud of the work our officers and import specialists are doing to keep counterfeit merchandise, some of which could be dangerous to consumers, out of U.S. commerce,” said Charleston Acting Area Port Director Joanne Fogg. “CBP continues to work hard to protect legitimate businesses from unlawful use of their intellectual property.”

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