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Border agents seize $700K in counterfeits at Ranier

More than $700,000 worth of counterfeit personal electronics were seized at the international border from railroad cars entering the United States at Ranier, just outside International Falls earlier in the spring.

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More than $700,000 worth of counterfeit personal electronics were seized at the international border from railroad cars entering the United States at Ranier, just outside International Falls earlier in the spring.

Field officers working at the International Falls Port of Entry targeted multiple rail containers destined for Ranier, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office said in a news release on Friday.

Officers inspected the rail containers and discovered merchandise in violation of intellectual property rights regulations. The containers held 50 amplifiers, 662 cartons of earbuds and cables, and 57 cartons of sandwich boards and touch lamina. All three containers were found to contain counterfeit merchandise protected by copyright laws.

As a result, Customs and Border Protection seized those items in March. The counterfeit merchandise has a collective manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $715,868, the CBP said.

“The enforcement of trade laws at U.S. ports of entry remains a high priority for us,” said Anthony Jackson, International Falls Port director. “Counterfeiting adversely affects the ability of lawful copyright holders to profit from their original ideas. Counterfeiting also harms consumers

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because manufacturers of forged products have little motivation to use safe, high-quality

materials in their products.”

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between the official ports of entry.

Last September, border officers stopped 5,460 knock-off Barbie dolls in a railroad car from entering the U.S. at Ranier. The dolls had a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $139,145.

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