Officers consulted with the automotive experts at the agency’s Centres of Excellence and Expertise who worked with trademark holders and confirmed on July 7 that the automotive parts were counterfeit. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price of the automotive parts is US$295,052.
“Based on the CBP’s statistics, automotive/aerospace parts made up around one percent of all seizures in 2019 (the most recent year for which there are statistics available), with 287 seizures having an estimated total value of around US$12 million. This seizure was thus about five times the amount of the average seizure of automotive/aerospace parts in 2019. Those statistics represent a slightly higher percentage of seizures compared to 2018, but a slightly lower value of seized goods. The product category having the largest number of seizures in 2019 was watches and jewelry, with 4,242 seizures of products having an approximate value of US$687 million. The average value of each of the watch/jewelry seizures was about four times greater than the average value of a seizure of automotive/aerospace parts,” says Christopher Rourk, a partner at Jackson Walker in Dallas. “Since the total amount of counterfeit goods is unknown, it is not possible to conclude whether there is more trade in counterfeit watches/jewelry compared to automotive/aerospace parts, if CBP is more effective at seizing watches/jewelry compared to automotive/aerospace parts, if CBP focuses more enforcement resources on watches/jewelry than automotive/aerospace parts because the buyers of watches/jewelry are less sophisticated than the buyers of automotive/aerospace parts or because the value is higher, or if some other factor or set of factors is at work.”