US Customs and Border Protection Seize $604,000 Counterfeit Pokemon Toys
Happening in Harrisburg, U.S Customs and Border Protection has said that last Friday, its officers have confiscated more than 86,000 counterfeit Pokemon action figures.
On Friday, May 4, officers were examining a shipment from Hong Kong where they found counterfeit Pokemon action figures, which if they were original and authentic, the suggested retail price would be nearly $604,000, CBP said.
The figures were stored in 15 boxes, which were labeled as “plastic furnishing articles” and turned out to have 86,400 Pokemon action figures. According to CBP, the shipment is said to violate U.S. intellectual property rights. The packages, if not caught, would be sent to an address in Snyder County.
These figures were described as small figures which are a potential choking hazard to children and because they are counterfeit toys, there is a chance that they are coated in excessive levels of lead paint.
“In addition to protecting the trademark holder’s intellectual property rights, Customs and Border Protection’s primary concern with counterfeit consumer goods is the potential harm they can cause to American consumers, such as the choking hazard these figurines pose to children,” said Michelle Stover, CBP’s Port Director for the Port of Harrisburg.
“CBP officers remain committed to working with our consumer safety partners to protect American consumers by seizing dangerous counterfeit goods at our nation’s ports of entry.”