Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) seized counterfeit major league sports championship rings at JFK International Airport on July 7th. There were two separate shipments, one for eighty-four rings, and another for sixty with an M.S.R.P. $216,000 and $90,000 respectively for the legitimate rings.
This seizure follows a seizure in March of 177 rings in a shipment from China that arrived at JFK International Airport. The seizure was estimated at $11.7 million.
The seized rings infringed MLB, NFL, NHL and NCAA trademarks.
Both seizures were the result of CBPs vigilance in inspecting over one million packages that arrive daily at JFK International Airport. JFK is the largest of nine international mail facilities in the U.S. and handles about sixty percent of all international packages entering the country.
A raid by Jamaican police on two stores in downtown Kingston that were operated by six Chinese nationals, five men and a woman, who were taken into custody for selling counterfeit apparel, included well-known brands like Adidas, Nike,and Louis Vuitton, worth an estimated $400 million.
Seizures of counterfeit goods are on the rise in Jamaica. So far $600 million in counterfeit goods have been seized in April alone. Last year, the Jamaican Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime (C-TOC) Branch seized $1.9 billion worth of fake goods.
This is a really good video taken at Radio City Music Hall on 12/25/2016. Selling counterfeit apparel on the streets is always brisk at Christmas time. Fakes sold on the streets costs NYC upwards of $1 billion a year. A few years ago NYC proposed fining consumers who were caught buying fakes on the street (see video below). The law was never passed.
The Super Bowl presents a major opportunity for the counterfeiting of sports apparel. This season was no exception.
On February 4th, the day before the Boston Patriots vs. the Atlanta Falcons faced off at Super Bowl LI, Woburn police and members of the National Football League executed a search warrant at a warehouse belonging to Chowdaheadz, a local online apparel company that sells Boston sports-themed merchandise. T -shirts, sweatshirts, hats, and allegedly counterfeit sports apparel were seized, along with business records, production material and equipment. The investigation began during the Christmas season from a tip that a kiosk in the South Shore Plaza in Braintree, Massachusetts, was selling counterfeit Boston Patriots sports apparel.