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Customs seizes $1M of phony soccer fan gear

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A shipment of soccer merchandise was seized on April 11. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) A shipment of soccer merchandise was seized on April 11. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
(Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Savannah seized more than $1 million worth of counterfeit soccer merchandise.

The apparel that was seized on April 11 has a manufactured suggested retail price of $1.016 million and represented Arsenal, Barcelona, Celtic, Chelsea, Mexican Federation, Paris Saint-Germain, and Real Madrid football clubs, according to a news release from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The shipment of 390 cartons of soccer T-shirts, socks, shorts and other items were enroute to an address in Chamblee, GA.

An inspection hold was placed on the shipment and the container was taken the next day to U.S. Customs and Border Protection's central examination station. Customs agents discovered several T-shirts with patches of professional soccer clubs. The shipment was detained for trademark verification.

CBP requested that the importer's broker submit letters from the trademark holders stating they had permission to import their branded items, but on March 27, the broker reported that the importer did not have authorization, according to a news release.

Representatives from Arsenal, Celtic, and Chelsea football clubs reported to CBP said the merchandise was counterfeit and the items were seized, according to the news release. The shipment was then seized.

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