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3,000 knockoff Barbie dolls seized near I-Falls

U.S. Customs and Border Protection field officers recently confiscated more than 3,000 knockoff Barbie dolls that were moving into the country at the border crossing between Fort Frances, Ontario and Ranier, Minn., in a rail car. The federal agen...

Federal agents seized $85,824 worth of counterfeit Barbie dolls at the U.S.-Canadian border near International Falls in August. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
Federal agents seized $85,824 worth of counterfeit Barbie dolls at the U.S.-Canadian border near International Falls in August. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

 

U.S. Customs and Border Protection field officers recently confiscated more than 3,000 knockoff Barbie dolls that were moving into the country at the border crossing between Fort Frances, Ontario and Ranier, Minn., in a rail car.

The federal agency confirmed Wednesday that the officers inspected a rail car at the CN railroad crossing just east of International Falls and found 3,044 "fashion dolls" that were pirated to look like Mattel's famous Barbie.

Officers seized the dolls, valued at $85,824, in August.

"CBP continues to play a key role in Intellectual Property Rights enforcement," said Anthony Jackson, International Falls Port Director, adding that his agency, part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, "continues to stay focused on combating the illegitimate trade in counterfeit products."

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Stopping the flow of illicit goods is a "priority trade issue" for Customs and Border Protection, the agency said in a statement. The agency added that "unscrupulous companies have profited billions of dollars from the sale of counterfeit and pirated goods."

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