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Thousands of Counterfeit Dolls Seized at International Falls Port of Entry

Dolls Seized at Minnesota-Canadian Border Dolls Seized at Minnesota-Canadian Border |  Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Updated: February 18, 2020 01:03 PM

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn - U.S. Customs and Border Protection discovered dolls in violation of intellectual property rights regulations at the International Falls Port of Entry. The rail container that was destined to arrive in Ranier, Minnesota was seized on February 6. Inside the container, CBP found 3,552 dolls with an estimated manufacturer's suggested retail price of $70,969 if the goods had been genuine.

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“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,” International Falls Port Director Anthony Jackson said in a press release.

“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,” said Jackson. 

CBP created an educational initiative at U.S. international airports and online to raise awareness about the consequences and dangers that can be associated with purchasing counterfeit and pirated goods. These include the loss of American jobs, support of criminal activity and the impacts of purchasing counterfeits online unknowingly.

For more information, head to CBP's website www.cbp.gov/fakegoodsrealdangers.

If you have any information regarding suspected fraud or illegal trade activity, you can contact CBP through the e-Allegations Online Trade Violation Reporting System or by calling 1-800-BE-ALERT.

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