Counterfeit electronics with retail value of more than $500,000 seized by customs agents


Shipment was headed to Wilmington address

U.S. Customs and Border Protection earlier this month seizedtwo shipments from China that contained more than 20,000 pieces representing 35 different counterfeit consumer electronics, including video gaming systems, speakers, watches, cameras, scanners, DVD players, headphones, chargers and other electronics.

Also, CBP officers seized counterfeit injectable dental gels.

If authentic, the electronics would have had a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $519,510. CBP officers initially inspected the electronics on March 19. The products were to be shipped to an address in Wilmington.

“Counterfeit electronics may include malicious coding that could steal your identity and financial security, and they are generally manufactured with substandard materials that could overheat and ignite,” said Joseph Martella, CBP’s port director for the Area Port of Philadelphia. “CBP urges consumers to protect their families and their wallets by purchasing authentic goods from reputable vendors.”

CBP officers and Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) agents seized 27,599shipments containing counterfeit goods in Fiscal Year 2019.

The People’s Republic of China remained the primary source economy for seized counterfeit and pirated goods, accounting for a total estimated retail value of more than $1 billion or 66 percent of the estimated retail value of all seizures.

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