Counterfeit Barbies seized at US-Canada border in Minnesota

Photo courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection 

Border patrol officers seized more than 3,000 counterfeit Barbie dolls at the United States-Canada border in International Falls, Minnesota last month.

The dolls, piratical copies of Mattel’s CEO Barbie, were found in a rail container headed for the point-of-entry in Ranier, Minnesota in August. The counterfeit merchandise had a suggested retail price of $85,824, according to a news release.

“Stopping the flow of illicit goods is a priority trade issue for CBP,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement. “The importation of counterfeit merchandise can damage the U.S. economy and threaten the health and safety of the American people.”