CBP in Los Angeles Donates 3,696 Fake Mercedes Benz Shirts to Charity

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Los Angeles — U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Los Angeles is donating 3,696 men’s shirts to Shelter Partnership, Inc., in Los Angeles, a non-profit charity organization. The donation has an estimated domestic value of $9,536 and a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $66,491.
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The shirts arrived from Pakistan in a sea container at the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport complex. CBP officers intercepted and seized the shirts for bearing counterfeit trademarks. The legitimate trademark owner(MERCEDES BENZ) has authorized CBP to donate the items to charity. “We are pleased to be able to donate the shirts to assist Shelter Partnership in providing help to the needy,” said Kevin Weeks, CBP director of Los Angeles Field Operations.

Shirts bearing counterfeit trademarks intercepted at the LA/Long Beach Seaport were donated to the to Shelter Partnership, Inc., charity in Los Angeles.

In fiscal year 2008, CBP and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement seized more than $272.7 million worth of counterfeit items nationwide. Wearing Apparel was one of the top five commodities seized with a total domestic value of $25.1 million, which accounted for 9 percent of the entire value of goods seized.

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