According to a US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) media release, officers at the Champlain Port of Entry seized a shipment of more than 500 counterfeit Nike ear buds and over 200 counterfeit Eclipse watches. The shipment had a Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) value of $22,599.
The ear buds were suspected to be counterfeit due to the poor quality. Further examination confirmed the goods were counterfeit.
While not mentioned in the media release, CBP will send photos or samples to the holder of the intellectual property for verification. Most likely a photo was taken and submitted to Nike along with the details of the shipment. Nike would then confirm the shipment to be counterfeit.
The goods from Canada were seized. Also not mentioned in the media release, CBP will send a seizure notice to the importer of record. If the importer of record does not take any action, the goods will be forfeited and destroyed by Customs at a later date.
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