Iquique Customs Seizes Counterfeit Toys
On February 9, 2017, three full containers containing a total number of 229,136 fake plastic toys were confiscated in Iquique, Tarapacá province in Chile.
The seizure is the largest infringement procedure to occur in the past few years and double the number of fake products discovered in 2016.
Types of toys included remote control cars, dolls, beauty sets and articles related to animated series. This seizure prevented the commercialization and stopped the infringement of Intellectual Property rights and Industrial Privileges of principle characters including Iron Man®, Thor®, Hulk®, Captain America®, Batman®, Superman®, Spiderman®, Ninja Turtles® among others. In addition, there were also fake dolls of Cinderella®, Princess Sofia®, Frozen®, Luna®, Peppa Pig®, Pokemon Go®, Toy Story®, Dory® and Spiderman®.
According to the official numbers, the first container had 278 packages with 82,368 toys, the second included 285 boxes and 86,280 toys, and the third contained 244 packages with 60,488 products.
The products came from China. The destination was an importer located in the Free Zone (designated areas in which companies are taxed very lightly or not at all in order to encourage economic activities). The commercial value of the products detected exceeded the sum of 200 million pesos (USD 128,308.97).
The governor of Tarapacá province, Francisco Pinto, stressed the importance of the adherence of customs procedure, not only as a preventive measure of tax fraud, but also for the prevention of such products from being commercialized and putting at risk the health of minors. The toys with small parts and pieces, which are also of a poor quality and composition, are not certified and can be dangerous for children.
The regional prosecutor of Iquique, Hardy Torres, described the smuggling as complex based on the value of products and volume. He also expressed that smuggling often serves as a base crime for money laundering and behind this seizure are additional avenues to investigate.
Customs complaints have already been filed, and the authorities are developing all necessary investigations to achieve prosecution for all individuals involved in the operation.
Source: http://www.aduana.cl/(Chilean National Customs Office web site)