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Officers at the Norfolk port confiscated almost $148,000 worth of counterfeit Nickelodeon and Disney children’s clothing last month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Wednesday.
The seizure happened on Sept. 29, from a California-bound container that originated in Egypt, according to a release. The shipping manifest identified the contents as household goods, a broad category that, given the country of origin, prompted a referral to the warehouse for inspection, according to CPB Public Affairs Liaison Louis Rossero.
Officials looked inside and found clothing, such as children’s pajamas, shirts and sweatshirts, emblazoned with dubious Disney and Nickelodeon/Spin Master trademarks. In addition, the designated recipient lacked authority to import them.
“CPB has a lead role in protecting both the American consumer and domestic businesses,” Mark J. Laria, Norfolk Area Port Director said in a release. “This seizure is an excellent example of the steps CPB has taken in the area of enforcing IPR [Intellectual Property Rights] laws.”