U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has seized $121,442 worth of counterfeit children’s toys that arrived into the Port of Charleston. The cargo arrived in late June from China and was destined for a North Carolina based importer.
The shipment was found to contain multiple items bearing trademarks and copyrights registered to The Cartoon Network, Apple Inc., Saban Brands, and Danjaq, LLC. Saban Brands holds the copyrights to the Power Rangers brand and Danjaq holds the rights to “James Bond 007” characters and materials.
CBP contacted the lawful rights holders and it was determined that of the 284 cartons of toys in the shipment, 27 cartons containing 34,690 individual items were counterfeit – meaning the manufacturer used images and branding without the permission of the entities that developed and/or hold legal rights to those images.
“Counterfeiting robs lawful rights holders of their unique ideas and the ability to make a profit from them,” said Robert Fencel, CBP Charleston Area Port Director. “It damages legitimate manufacturers, and can harm consumers because manufacturers of counterfeit items have little motivation to use safe, high quality materials in their products. In essence, they’re trying to make a ‘quick buck’ off of another party’s reputation and ideas.”