U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Charleston port said it seized $12 million in counterfeit specially designed water bottles.
The agency, which intercepted shipments of 345,597 stainless steel water bottles, seized the merchandise during five separate incidents this summer. The cost of the allegedly counterfeit bottles totaled $12,341,820, Customs and Border Protection said.
The importer of the merchandise in question, who authorities have not named, mimicked a popular design trademarked by S'Well Bottle Co. Authorities contacted the company, and a representative there confirmed their design was being used without permission.