$300,000 of counterfeit car parts linked to dollars intercepted: Customs

BUCKS COUNTY, PA – Several hundred thousand dollars worth of counterfeit auto parts were recently seized by Customs and Border Protection agents in Philadelphia.

According to customs officials, a shipment from China arrived in Philadelphia on June 4 with 5,657 items, including vehicle door locks, hinges, power mirrors, steering wheel controls, headlights and taillights, grilles, rear bumpers and paint kits.

Officers suspected the auto parts were counterfeit and detained them.

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After consulting with the agency’s automotive experts who worked with trademark holders, the parts were confirmed to be counterfeit on July 17. Officers officially seized the coins on July 14.

The auto parts manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $295,052.

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The parts were destined for an address in Feasterville-Trevose in Bucks County.

“Unscrupulous repair shops and greedy internet salespeople who prioritize profit over safety put motorists in grave danger,” said Keith Fleming, acting director of field operations for CBP in Baltimore. “Customs and Border Protection officers will continue to intercept counterfeit or pirated goods because we want consumers to know with confidence that the products they are buying are safe for them and their families.”

Originally written by Max Bennett.

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