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CBP Officers seize counterfeit electronic locks at Portal Port of Entry

The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol seized 3,856 counterfeit locks on Aug. 8 from a rail container that was headed for Portal, according to a press release.

The Customs and Border Patrol officers discovered that the electronic locks were in violation of intellectual property rights. If the goods had been genuine, the combined value of the locks would have been about $760,841.

“Enforcing trade laws remains a high priority for U.S. Customs and Border Protection,” said James Rector, Portal port director, in the press release. “Officers work every day to protect the United States from threats at our borders by enforcing a wide range of laws, including those governing trade.”

Counterfeit goods damage the economy, according to the press release. Trademark and copyright holders may register with the Customs and Border Patrol through an online system. Such registration helps officers and import specialists to identify counterfeit items.

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