CBP Officers seize dozens of counterfeit guitars

Dozens of counterfeit guitars seized by CBP Officers in Virginia
Dozens of counterfeit guitars seized by CBP Officers in Virginia(Customs and Border Protection)
Updated: Jun. 21, 2021 at 5:00 PM CDT
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STERLING, Va. (KWTX) – CBP Officers at Dulles Airport recently seized 85 counterfeit guitars shipped from China that, if authentic, would have a value of up to $260,000.

CBP’s experts in consumer products and merchandising at the agency’s Centers for Excellence and Expertise confirmed that the shipment was indeed counterfeit on May 28.

72 counterfeit Gibson guitar models were recovered , in addition to CF Martin, Fender, Kramer and Taylor models.

A Les Paul ax reportedly autographed by Guns and Roses guitarist Slash - appraised at $8,000 if authentic - was among the guitars seized.

Other guitars supposedly signed by guitarists like Les Paul and AC/DC’s Angus Young were among the other counterfeit items seized.

“The international trade in counterfeit and pirated goods threatens the competitiveness of American businesses and the livelihoods of U.S. workers while funding criminal activity,” said Keith Fleming, CBP’s Acting Director of Field Operations in Baltimore.

“More importantly, counterfeit goods pose a serious health and safety risk to American consumers. Customs and Border Protection, along with our law enforcement and consumer safety partners, remain committed to making it difficult and costly for unscrupulous vendors to take advantage of unsuspecting American consumers.”

Prior to the March 31 confiscation, CBP officers seized 35 counterfeit guitars five months ago that could have been appraised at $160,000 if authentic.

CBP urges consumers and their families to always purchase safe and authentic items from reputable vendors.

CBP uses and enforces a very aggressive Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) enforcement program. In 2020 CBP officers seized some $3.6 million in IPR violations.

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