Counterfeit children's luggage, backpacks seized at Charleston port


    Agents with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seized an estimated $310,500 in children's luggage and backpacks in late July.

    Officials report the merchandise came to Charleston from China and was headed for a store in the Myrtle Beach area, before it was confiscated.

    CBP officers found 2,850 individual pieces of children's luggage bearing trademarked and copyrighted images including Spiderman, The Avengers, Batman, Thomas & Friends, Despicable Me, several Disney characters, and Hello Kitty, among others, a press release issued Friday stated.

    "Our officers were able to intercept these counterfeit items ahead of back to school shopping." said Robert Fencel Charleston Area Port Director. "CBP is constantly working to ensure legitimate intellectual property rights holders' as it ties strongly into their economic security and profitability. CBP does this by removing counterfeit items from commerce to not harm idea creators, product designers, legitimate manufacturers, and unwitting consumers."

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