Millions in illegal counterfeit products seized in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) San Juan Field Operations has announced that 206 seizures were made of counterfeit products, valued at $1.5 million (MSRP), which were illegally imported into Puerto Rico via international mail.

A wide range of counterfeited products were seized during the enforcement effort, called Operation Silver Snake 2, to include: consumer products, apparel, footwear, textiles, pharmaceuticals, and more.

Various international mail packages inspected by CBP officers at the San Juan International Mail Branch revealed products that infringed intellectual property rights. The majority of the seized products originated in China.

This is the third iteration of the continuous operation carried out in San Juan this year.

“Our dedicated CBP officers, import specialists, paralegal specialists and seized property specialists were key ingredients to this successful enforcement operation focused on the protection of the US economy and the health and safety of the American people from these counterfeit products,” said Edward Ryan, assistant director of trade for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. 

“We will continue to execute this type of enforcement operations, with our partners, to further protect legitimate businesses and consumers from intellectual property thieves,” Ryan said.

CBP protects businesses and consumers every day through an aggressive IPR enforcement program. CBP targets and seizes imports of counterfeit and pirated goods, and enforces exclusion orders on patent-infringing and other IPR goods.

If anyone has information about counterfeit merchandise being illegally imported into the United States, the e-Allegation provides a means for the public to anonymously report to CBP any suspected violations of trade laws or regulations related to the importation of goods into the US.

These types of violations include misclassification of merchandise, false country of origin markings, health and safety issues, valuation issues, and intellectual property rights.

Contact Information

Grenada Customs & Excise Division
Burns Point, St. George's
Grenada, West Indies.
Tel.: (473) 440-2239/2240/3588
Customs MIS: (473) 435-9622/23
Fax: (473) 440-5038
Email: gdcustoms@spiceisle.com

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