Counterfeit smart watches valued at nearly $600,000 were seized Wednesday at the International Falls port of entry.
The watches were found when US Customs and Border Protection officers targeted a rail container destined to arrive in Ranier, and upon inspection discovered smart watches in violation of intellectual property rights, or IPR regulations.
CBP seized the 19,752 counterfeit smart watches with an estimated manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $592,560, if the goods had been genuine.
“The enforcement of trade laws at US ports of entry remains a high priority for us,” said Anthony Jackson, International Fall sport director, in a news release. “CBP works diligently to protect companies from unauthorized use of their trademarks as well as consumers from counterfeit products.” Stopping the flow of illicit goods is a priority trade issue for… International Falls Journal