EL PASO, Texas — The World Cup continues until July 15, and Customs and Border Protection officials are warning people about purchasing counterfeit jerseys.
CBP officers on Thursday said they confiscated a shipment of counterfeit Mexican team soccer jerseys that came from Hong Kong. The jerseys had an estimated retail value of $66,390, CBP officials said.
Early last week, CBP officers said they also stopped four shipments of Mexico, Germany and Brazil jerseys worth $47,340.
“This is not a victimless crime. The theft of intellectual property and trade in counterfeit and pirated goods threatens the economy by harming the competitiveness of legitimate businesses,” said CBP El Paso director of field operations Hector Mancha. “Counterfeit goods are generally of poor quality and can also pose significant health and safety hazards to consumers depending on the product.”
CBP officers in El Paso have made close to 400 IPR seizures during the current fiscal year. The seized phony goods have a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of more than $3.8 million. Commonly intercepted products in the El Paso area include sports-related apparel, makeup, cellphones and accessories, sunglasses, jewelry and footwear.