According to the Homeland Security Department, last month, the materials were delivered in six separate shipments via airplanes to the Ontario International Airport, and one consignment was sent via marine container to the Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport. These deliveries occurred over the span of one week.
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According to authorities, the agency’s Electronics Center of Excellence and Expertise collaborated with import specialists to confiscate 1,200 pairs of wireless headphones and 220 wrist gadgets that violated registered Apple copyrights and trademarks.
If the goods were indeed authentic Apple products, the cumulative value based on the manufacturer’s suggested retail price would amount to $396,812. The counterfeit items encompassed the Apple Watch, Apple Ultra Watch, AirPods, and AirPods Pro.
According to the U.S. authorities, in order to evade discovery, the items were disguised within nondescript containers.
According to Carlos Martel, the Director of Los Angeles CBP Field Operations, consumers are susceptible to deception by fraudsters due to the striking resemblance of counterfeit Apple products to their authentic counterparts in terms of appearance and tactile experience.
Counterfeit Apple goods lack the sophisticated functionalities inherent in authentic counterparts, including but not limited to water resistance, noise reduction, and seamless integration with other Apple devices.
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U.S. customs agents seized counterfeit goods seized last fiscal year that would have been worth nearly $3 billion if they were genuine.
In 2021, there was a significant incident involving the confiscation of counterfeit Apple products originating from China. U.S. authorities intercepted three shipments of AirPods, which, had they been authentic, would have possessed a value exceeding $7 million.
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