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CBP officers seize point of sale machines at border

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations officers at the International Falls Port of Entry targeted three rail containers destined to arrive in Ranier, Mn.

CBP officers inspected the rail containers and discovered point of sale machines in violation of intellectual property rights (IPR) regulations.

On April 25, CBP seized 1,315 counterfeit machines with an estimated manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $2,453,400 if the goods had been genuine.

“The enforcement of trade laws at U.S. ports of entry remains a high priority for us,” said Anthony Jackson, International Falls port director.

“CBP works diligently to protect companies from unauthorized use of their trademarks as well as consumers from counterfeit products.”

Stopping the flow of illicit goods is a priority trade issue for CBP.

The importation of counterfeit merchandise can damage the U.S. economy and threaten the health and safety of the American people.

For more information on CBP's IPR priority trade issue visit: CBP Trade and IPR.

With the growth of foreign trade, unscrupulous companies have profited billions of dollars from the sale of counterfeit and pirated goods.

To combat the illicit trade of merchandise violating laws relating to IPR, trademark and copyright holders may register with CBP through an online system.

Such registration assists CBP officers and import specialists in identifying merchandise that violates U.S. law.

CBP's IPR enforcement strategy is multi-layered and includes seizing illegal merchandise at our borders, pushing the border “outward” through audits of suspect importers, cooperating with our international trading partners, and collaborating with industry and governmental agencies to enhance these efforts.

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