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Baltimore CBP officers seize shipment of 29,000 counterfeit water purifier filters from China

BALTIMORE, Md. – To borrow from 1960s rock band The Standells, I want to tell you a story about what Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers found at the Patapsco River, and whether they were allowed to pass on the shelves of stores, it could have prevented consumers from liking the Dirty water.

CBP officers seized more than 29,000 counterfeit refrigerator water purifier filters in Baltimore on Thursday. The filters would have been valued at over $439,000, if genuine.

CBP officers initially inspected the shipment Jan. 24 after it arrived by boat from China. The shipment, which was destined for Walnut, California, consisted of 936 cartons or 29,056 GlacialPure brand water filters. Officers held the submission as a potential intellectual property rights (IPR) violation.

CBP officers then contacted import specialists at CBP’s Machinery Center of Excellence and Expertisethe agency’s commercial experts and the lawyers representing GlacialPure.

On Feb. 7, CBP import specialists confirmed that the filter packaging displayed a counterfeit Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC) certification mark, which falsely claims the filters were certified by the International Association of Plumbing Managers. Plumbing and Mechanical (IAPMO), the accredited plumbing and mechanical product. industry certification agency.

CBP officers seized the counterfeit water purifier filters Thursday. CBP import specialists valued the counterfeit shipment at $439,156 at the manufacturer’s suggested retail price, if the filters were genuine.

To reduce costs and maximize profits, counterfeit products are often made of substandard materials, are manufactured under uncontrolled and unsanitary conditions, and are labeled with false product information. CBP encourages consumers to protect themselves and their families by always purchasing safe and genuine products from reputable suppliers.

“These water filters displayed counterfeit safety certification, which means they cannot be trusted to deliver safe drinking water and poses a potentially serious health threat to American consumers,” said Marc Calixte. , acting director of CBP’s regional port in Baltimore. “CBP remains committed to protecting consumers by intercepting potentially dangerous goods and highlighting the dangers posed by counterfeit and pirated products.”

CBP protects businesses and consumers every day with aggressive policy Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Enforcement Program. In fiscal year 2020, CBP reported 26,503 seizures of counterfeit merchandise with an estimated Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) value of more than $1.3 billion, in genuine merchandise. That’s about $3.6 million worth of counterfeit goods seized every day. Read the CBPs Intellectual Property Seizure Report for more FY2020 IPR statistics and analysis.

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