The flow of counterfeit products keeps coming through the border daily and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection is doing their best to try and stop it.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers at the International Falls Port of Entry had their eye on a railcar container on its way to Ranier, Minnesota, upon inspecting the container last Friday officers discovered a load of counterfeit infrared zone heaters.

In total, U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized 780 heaters, if the goods had been real the estimated manufacturer’s suggested retail price would have been just over $260,000.

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Anthony Jackson, International Falls Port Director says, "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.”

CBP has set up an educational program at American international airports and a website to aid with consumer awareness, you can learn more about pirated/counterfeit goods here. CBP says that trademark and copyright holders can register their products online, doing this help officers and inspectors track and find this illegal merchandise.

Back in November U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized 5,220 fake hand massagers that had an estimated manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $521,843. If you have any information about any fraud or illegal trade activity reach out to the CBP at 1-800-BE-ALERT or online here.

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