U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Philadelphia seized a cache of vehicle parts after determining that they were counterfeits. The supplies left China and were on their way to a Bucks County address in Feasterville-Trevose, reports Andrew Ross for Jobber/Nation.
The agency valued the 5,657 pieces at around $300,000. The inventory included door locks, hinges, power mirrors, steering wheel switches, headlights, taillights, grills, bumper, and auto-body paint.
The CBP suspected the stock was not legit and detained it. Officers then consulted with its internal automotive experts and the agency’s Centers of Excellence and Expertise to check trademarks.
That verification revealed the sham.
“Unscrupulous repair shops and greedy internet vendors that value profits over safety place motorists in severe peril,” said Keith Fleming, CBP’s Acting Director of Field Operations in Baltimore.
“Customs and Border Protection officers will continue to intercept counterfeited or pirated goods because we want consumers to be confident in knowing that the products that they purchase are safe for themselves and their families.”
CBP encourages consumers to protect themselves and their families by always purchasing safe, authentic goods from reputable vendors.
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