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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) earlier this week seized a batch of fake sports gear that, if real, would have fetched a combined value of nearly $300,000.
CBP officers in Indianapolis and Louisville seized nearly 180 counterfeit championship rings and more than 170 counterfeit professional sports jerseys. If genuine, the combined manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) value would have been $288,350, CBP said.
CBP officers in Indianapolis discovered a shipment of 108 counterfeit jerseys Monday night from multiple teams in the National Basketball Association (NBA), Major League Baseball (MLB) and National Football League. The items were all destined for a residence in Bakersfield, California.
That same evening, CBP officers in Louisville seized 63 counterfeit MLB jerseys from reaching their destination in University Park, Illinois.
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On Tuesday, CBP officers in Louisville seized 178 counterfeit championship rings from various locations in China heading to West Chapel, Florida. The championship rings were for the Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Celtics of the NBA and the University of Georgia, CBP said.
“Shipments like these prey on the many sports fans across the country who may be duped into paying high prices for inauthentic products,” said LaFonda D. Sutton-Burke, director of field operations. from the Chicago field office in a statement.
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CBP seized 27,107 shipments with intellectual property rights (IPR) violations in fiscal year 2021. If genuine, the total MSRP of the items would have been valued at over $3.3 billion . That figure, according to CBP, represented a 152% increase from fiscal year 2020, when goods worth MSRP $1.31 billion were seized for IPR infringement.