CBP Seizes $1.1 Million in Counterfeit Cell Phone Accessories in Charleston

Charleston, S.C.– U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations, at Charleston seaport seized an estimated $1.1 million in counterfeit mobile phone accessories, including phone cases, chargers, cables, and headphones on March 14. The merchandise arrived into the port from China and was destined for upstate South Carolina.

Counterfeit merchandise seized by CBP officers at Charleston Seaport (Credit: CBP)

The shipment details were scrutinized and it was determined that the cargo was worth a closer look. Examination and appraisal revealed 85,000 individual accessories bearing images and markings from Apple, USB, Bluetooth, Blu-Ray, LG, Marvel, DC Comics, Hello Kitty, and Dr. Dre. Representatives from these companies confirmed their images and markings were being used without their permission, making them counterfeit and subject to seizure.

Counterfeit power adapters seized by CBP officers at Charleston Seaport (Credit: CBP)

In addition, 38,000 power adapters were discovered bearing the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) mark, signifying they’d been tested in an accredited FCC laboratory and met certain operating standards. These were found to be unauthorized markings as well – a potentially significant safety risk to unwitting consumers.


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