Counterfeit Mercedes Benz Auto Parts from China Intercepted in Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA–U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers recently recovered counterfeit Mercedes Benz auto parts in Philadelphia that were being shipped from China to Newark, New Jersey.  If authentic, the auto parts held a manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) of $1,764,126.

Counterfeit Mercedes Benz auto parts (image credit: CBP)

CBP officers initially examined the shipment on September 6, 2018.  The shipment was manifested as “Other Parts and Accessories of Motor Vehicles” from Yangshan, China.  Because of concerns related to the quality, origination and destination of the shipment, and the corporate trademark logo on the auto parts, the shipment was detained as possible counterfeit.  Officers seized the shipment October 17.

Counterfeit Mercedes Benz auto parts intercepted in Philadelphia (image credit: CBP)

“CBP closely guards our nation’s borders to ensure that all imports and exports are lawful and pose no threats to our citizens,” said Casey Durst, CBP’s Field Operations Director in Baltimore.  “Consumer safety is a top priority, and our officers will continue to be vigilant and work cooperatively with our trade partners to identify and seize counterfeit commodities and other unlawful imports that threaten our citizens and markets.”