U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seize counterfeit Apple AirPods

At the DHL Express Consignment Carrier Facility, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized a shipment from China containing 25 counterfeit “Apple AirPods” on June 1st. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for these AirPods, if they were authentic, was $3,975.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seize counterfeit Apple AirPods. Image: AirPods Pro bring the magic of AirPods to an all-new lightweight, in-ear design.
Authentic Apple AirPods Pro

The parcel was manifested as “Lithium Ion Batteries.” CBP officers inspected the package for information related to admissibility of it contents in accordance with agency procedures. It was during this inspection officers noticed the quality of the packaging and marking on the items were not consistent with the quality of a legitimate product. Their suspicion was confirmed, and the items were turned over for destruction, per port policy.

Counterfeit goods, like these, damage our economy,” said Shane Campbell, Area Port Director, Chicago, in a statement. “When criminals sell these items, it deprives legitimate businesses from thriving. Unfortunately, many citizens do not realize the harmful effects that counterfeit products have on American businesses and jobs. American businesses and industries lose billions in revenues annually due to counterfeits and the public is put at risk with unsafe counterfeits which may not meet safety standards. Our CBP officers are proudly protecting American businesses, jobs and consumers.”

CBP protects businesses and consumers every day through an aggressive Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) enforcement program. Importation of counterfeit merchandise can cause significant revenue loss, damage the U.S. economy, and threaten the health and safety of the American people.

On a typical day in 2019, CBP officers seized $4.3 million worth of products with Intellectual Property Rights violations. Learn more about what CBP did during “A Typical Day” in 2019.

CBP officers and Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) agents seized 27,599 shipments containing counterfeit goods in Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, down from 33,810 seizures in FY 2018. However, the total estimated manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of the seized goods, had they been genuine, increased to over $1.5 billion from nearly $1.4 billion in FY 2018.

E-Commerce sales have contributed to large volumes of low-value packages imported into the United States. In FY 2019, there were 144 million express shipments and 463 million international mail shipments. Over 90 percent of all intellectual property seizures occur in the international mail and express environments.

The People’s Republic of China (mainland China and Hong Kong) remained the primary source economy for seized counterfeit and pirated goods, accounting for 83 percent of all IPR seizures and 92 percent of the estimated MSRP value of all IPR seizures.

Source: U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

MacDailyNews Take: If 27,599 shipments containing counterfeit goods (bads) were seized, imagine how many got through!


    1. The devil is in the article details Tau Myx….you have to also be proficient at basic math….$3,975 divided by 25 units seized = $159/each. See, that wasn’t so difficult, now was it? 😉

  1. Because they are the manufacturing super-hub of the world. We “needed” to consume cheap goods and we didn’t want to dirty-up our backyard…so, divy the dirty and unsophisticated job of making things to a place that’s willing to do such a thankless job.

    Here we are. Don’t be fooled; we made this bed in which we now sleep. It started decades ago.

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