Houston [US], April 16 (ANI): US’ Customs and Borders Safety (CBP) has intercepted a counterfeit cargo of N95 masks from China destined for New York.
The cargo had an estimated producer’s prompt retail value of practically USD 350,000 and originated in China.
The cargo arrived at Houston Seaport on April 7, Fox Information reported citing CBP. Officers examined the cargo and located some 1,71,460 masks with the Nationwide Institute for Occupational Security and Well being emblem on the bins.
The officers known as the trademark holder who instructed them that the cargo was not licensed, which indicated that it was counterfeit.
The masks have been then turned over to CBP’s Fines, Penalties and Forfeitures Workplace for disposition.
“Counterfeit items not solely harm the competitiveness of U.S. producers, however additionally they pose substantial well being and security hazards for American customers,” Houston CBP Port Director Roderick Hudson mentioned in an announcement. “On this occasion, these counterfeit N95 respirators will not be efficient at filtering airborne particles.”The counterfeit masks seizure comes as private protecting gear nonetheless stays excessive amind the lingering COVID pandemic.
The company says it seized roughly 18 million counterfeit masks within the first three months of 2021 – properly above the 12 million that the company seized for the entire fiscal 12 months 2020 and a mere 1,300 within the fiscal 12 months 2019. (ANI)