U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the International Falls Port of Entry recently intercepted an international shipment containing over $460,000 in counterfeit tablets.
The shipment originated in China and was destined for Ohio.
CBP Officers targeted a rail container, reviewing the information in the shipping documents and then selecting it for examination. During an examination of the goods, the officers discovered 1,152 counterfeit touchscreen tablets. They were determined to be counterfeit June 12.
It’s one of a dozen shipments totaling $4.8 million in counterfeit goods that has been seized at the border crossing already in 2020, the agency said in a statement.
The rail port of entry from Fort Frances through Ranier, Minnesota, just east of International Falls, is one of the busiest in the nation, with many goods originating in China and coming into British Columbia by ship and then moving across Canada and into the U.S. on the CN rail line.
“CBP is focused on identifying and intercepting counterfeit merchandise and products. The enforcement of trade laws at U.S. ports of entry remains a high priority for us,” Anthony Jackson, International Falls port director, said in the statement. “Counterfeiting adversely affects the ability of lawful copyright holders to profit from their original ideas. Counterfeiting also harms consumers because manufacturers of forged products have little motivation to use safe, high-quality materials in their products.”