PORT OF NEWARK/NEW YORK – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and import specialists at the Newark/New York port of entry recently seized approximately 50,000 unlicensed baseball caps for intellectual property rights violations.
“These interceptions are indicative of the exceptional skill level and superior commodity expertise of our CBP officers and import specialists at Newark/New York seaport. Preventing the entry of counterfeit items is crucial to protecting consumers as well as the economy of the United States,” said Robert E. Perez, Director, Field Operations, New York Field Office.
On July 29, CBP officers processing cargo containers selected a container manifested as household goods for examination. They offloaded the cargo that contained a shipment of baseball caps and presented a sample to a CBP import specialist for examination.
The import specialist determined that the many of the baseball caps violated several different trademarks for luxury clothing labels, corporate logos, and sports teams, including the New York Yankees. The baseball caps were of generally poor quality and lacked any licensing information, despite using the same logos as legitimate baseball caps.
The baseball caps had an estimated domestic value of approximately $100,000, and an estimated manufacturer’s suggested retail price of more than $1 million.
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