Counterfeit soccer gear seized

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The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have been on a mission to tackle counterfeit imports, and back in April, they scored big with a seizure which exceed USD1 million in manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP).

The container arrived into Savannah port, originating from China. It was consigned to an address in Chamblee, Georgia.  U.S. Customs placed a hold on the shipment, and arranged trucking to their central examination station.

It was at this exam area that they discovered several hundred  t-shirts bearing the patches of professional soccer clubs. They were detained for trademark verification.

Customs requested that the importer’s broker provide them with the authorization letters from the respective trademark holders, to which the broker advised that could not provide.

The clothing represented such clubs as Arsenal, Barcelona, Celtic, Chelsea, Mexican Federation, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid football clubs and has an MSRP (manufacturer’s suggested retail price) of USD1,016,399.

Upon verification from the different football clubs, that the goods were indeed counterfeit,  U.S. Customs officially seized the goods.

Source and image credits: U.S. Customs