U.S. border officers in Detroit seized $400,000 worth of counterfeit products, including fake Bluetooth devices and Star Wars hats, it its Detroit cargo facility.
“The importation of counterfeit merchandise poses a significant risk to the vitality of the U.S. economy, our national security and the health and safety of the American people,” said Port Director Devin Chamberlain. “Our enforcement efforts at the border protect the integrity of private industry, while maintaining the inventory of safe, quality goods for the end user in the U.S.”
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection made the seizure on May 18 after selecting a shipment for “enhanced inspection” at the Fort Street Cargo Facility in Detroit.
The counterfeit Bluetooth items included $325,000 worth of headphones, $59,000 worth of smart bands and $4,000 worth of speakers. Officers also found $10,000 worth of fake Star Wars hats.
The U.S. border agency said the branding and quality of the products, which originated in China, were not consistent with the genuine articles. The electronics were also not registered with Bluetooth, officials said.