Barbie Knockoffs Seized at Border
POSTED: Tuesday, December 21, 2010 - 3:02pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, December 21, 2010 - 7:45pm
EL PASO - Customs and Border Protection officers seized counterfeit Barbie dolls at the El Paso port of entry.
Thousands of the knockoffs have been identified in the past several days.
The toys were contained in two commercial shipments being exported from the U.S. to Mexico.
“The importers paid more than $30,000 for these items however the domestic value of this shipment could easily be eight to 10 times that total,” said Ana Hinojosa, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Director of Field Operations in El Paso. “Part of the CBP mission includes enforcing trade laws. We devote substantial resources to target, intercept, detain, seize and forfeit shipments of goods that violate these laws.”