Customs Officers Seize Counterfeit Lunch Bags

Photo courtesy of U. S. Customs and Border Protection

Photo courtesy of U. S. Customs and Border Protection

PORT OF NEWARK/NEW YORK –U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized a shipment of fake lunch bags before the first day of school.

On Aug. 8, officers inspecting cargo containers at the Port of New York/New Jersey selected a container manifested as “plastic flowers, plastic frames, etc.” They offloaded the cargo and discovered that it contained a shipment of children’s lunch bags with various children’s characters such as Spiderman and Cars.

CBP import specialists determined that these lunch bags violated several different trademarks and corporate logos. These items were of generally poor quality and lacked any licensing information, despite using the same logos as legitimate lunch bags.

“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.

These counterfeit accessories had an estimated manufacturer’s suggested retail price of approximately $36,000.

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