Customs Officials Seize Counterfeit Watches

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PORT OF NEWARK/NEW YORK – On Nov. 9, U. S. Customs and Border Protection officers inspecting cargo containers at the Port of New York/Newark selected a container manifested as “bearings.” They offloaded the cargo and discovered that it contained a shipment of counterfeit Rolex, Tag Heuer, Omega and Breitling watches.

CBP import specialists determined that these watches 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 the legitimate watches.

“The CBP officers and import specialists at the Port of New York/Newark work tirelessly to ensure that counterfeit products are seized before they can enter the country and wind up in your home. These professionals stand united in combating the flow of knock-off products that negatively affects the United States and the world economy,” said Robert E. Perez, Director, Field Operations New York.

These counterfeit watches had an estimated domestic value of approximately $220,500 and an estimated manufacturer’s suggested retail price of nearly $62 million.


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