As Mexico continues to advance in the World Cup, U.S. Customs and Border Protection are closely monitoring and seizing phony World Cup gear shipped into the United States.
On Thursday, CBP officers intercepted four shipments of counterfeit Mexican national team soccer jerseys worth approximately $66,390. CBP officers say all shipments originated from Hong Kong and were en route to three separate El Paso addresses. An investigation into the shipment is ongoing.
Earlier in the week, officers located four other counterfeit shipments worth $47,340 of World Cup team jerseys for Mexico, Germany and Brazil.
“This is not a victimless crime. The theft of intellectual property and trade in counterfeit and pirated goods threatens the economy by harming the competitiveness of legitimate businesses,” said CBP El Paso Director of Field Operations Hector Mancha. “Counterfeit goods are generally of poor quality and can also pose significant health and safety hazards to consumers depending on the product.”
Suspected fraud or illegal trade activity related to possible counterfeit goods can be reported to CBP by calling 1-800-BE-ALERT.