Counterfeit Sports Memorabilia and Paraphernalia Seized by US Customs.

Counterfeit championship ring, source: CBP.gov

According to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) media release, in mid-July CBP officers in Indianapolis and Louisville seized 178 counterfeit championship rings and 171 counterfeit professional sports jerseys that, if genuine would have a combined MSRP of $288,350.

The seized items including a Championship rings featuring baseball teams such as the Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals and basketball teams such as the Boston Celtics and even collegiate teams from the University of Georgia.

The seized shipments all originated in China and were destined to various addresses in the US. CBP recognized the goods as counterfeit due to the poor quality of materials, poor printing and shipping the goods to residential addresses.

The remainder of the CBP media release highlighted the dangers of buying counterfeit goods and the belief counterfeit merchandise funds organized crime.

While I am sure counterfeit goods does fund organized crime, I believe the people who buy commercial quantities of counterfeit Championship rings are aware the rings are not authentic and purchase these for collecting, and not to re-sell as authentic.

If you or someone you know have had their goods seized for suspicion of being counterfeit, contact David Hsu at anytime by phone/text or email: attorney.dave@yahoo.com or 832-896-6288.

Counterfeit professional sports championship rings seized.

Seized counterfeit rings, source: CBP.gov

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in New York’s JFK International Airport seized two shipments containing 144 rings with a combined MSRP of over $216,000 (if authentic). According to the CBP media release, no arrests were made.

Author’s note – sometimes CBP will refer a seizure for criminal prosecution and sometimes they will not. Many seizures will result in a civil penalty issued against the “Importer of Record” (IOR). The IOR may receive a letter from CBP months, or even years after an import has been seized. The civil penalty is something that must be addressed and cannot be ignored.

If you have received a civil penalty in the mail, contact trade attorney David Hsu by phone/text anytime at 832-896-6288 or by email at attorney.dave@yahoo.com.