U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at the Port of Charleston seized about $1.1 million worth of counterfeit mobile phone accessories last month.
The items, which included phone cases, chargers, cables and headphones, arrived at the port March 14 from China and were headed for the Upstate, according to an announcement by the agency Tuesday.
"Examination and appraisal revealed 85,000 individual accessories bearing images and markings from Apple, USB, Bluetooth, Blu-Ray, LG, Marvel, DC Comics, Hello Kitty, and Dr. Dre," the agency said.
"Representatives from these companies confirmed their images and markings were being used without their permission, making them counterfeit and subject to seizure."
Agents also discovered 38,000 power adaptors marked with a fraudulent Federal Communications Commission symbol, the agency said. A true FCC marking signifies that an item has been tested to meet federal standards. Unauthorized markings can pose a potential safety risk to consumers.
“I’m proud of the work our officers and import specialists are doing to keep counterfeit merchandise, some of which could be dangerous to consumers, out of U.S. commerce,” Joanne Fogg, the agency's acting Charleston Port Director, said in a statement. “CBP continues to work hard to protect legitimate businesses from unlawful use of their intellectual property.”