U.S. customs officers seize counterfeit sports equipment worth nearly $ 300,000, if genuine

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) earlier this week seized a batch of fake sports equipment that, if real, would have brought in a total value of nearly $ 300,000.

CBP officers in Indianapolis and Louisville seized nearly 180 counterfeit championship rings and more than 170 counterfeit professional sports jerseys. If genuine, the combined manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) value would have been $ 288,350, CBP said.

CBP officers in Indianapolis on Monday night discovered a shipment of 108 fake jerseys from several National Basketball Association (NBA), Major League Baseball (MLB) and National Football League teams. The objects were all destined for a residence in Bakersfield, California.

That same evening, CBP officers in Louisville seized 63 fake MLB jerseys from reaching their destination in University Park, Illinois.

On Tuesday, CBP officers in Louisville seized 178 fake championship rings from various locations in China on their way to the West Chapel, Florida. The championship rings were for the Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, St. The Louis Cardinals, NBA Boston Celtics and University of Georgia, said CBP.

“Shipments like these prey on the many sports fans across the country who can be tricked into paying high prices for non-genuine products,” LaFonda D. Sutton-Burke, director of the Field Operations-Chicago Field Office, said in a statement. .

CBP seized 27,107 shipments of intellectual property (IPR) related infringements in fiscal year (FY) 2021. If they were genuine, the total MSRP for the goods would have been estimated at over $ 3.3 billion. That figure, according to CBP, was a 152% increase over FY2020, where goods worth $ 1.31 billion MSRP were seized for IPR violations.

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