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Counterfeit China Goods

A magnifying glass is seen next to a logo of the Customs and Border Protection, Trade and Cargo Division at John F. Kennedy Airport’s US Postal Service facility on June 24, 2019 in New York. – In a windowless hangar at New York’s JFK airport, dozens of law enforcement officers sift through packages, looking for fentanyl — a drug that is killing Americans every day. The US Postal Service facility has become one of multiple fronts in the United States’ war on opioid addiction, which kills tens of thousands of people every year and ravages communities. (Photo by Johannes EISELE/AFP) via Getty Images)

During the pandemic, China sent millions of counterfeit “Masks” and “Test Kits” into US according to Customs Data.

China accounted for about 51 percent of “counterfeit” or substandard COVID-19-related products seized by U.S. customs officials from October 2019 to Sept. 30 last year, according to a newly-released report from the “U.S. Customs and Border Protection” (CBP).

Among the products seized by U.S. customs officials were over 12.7 million counterfeit masks, 177,356 COVID-19 “test kits” prohibited by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and 38,098 FDA-prohibited “chloroquine” tablets.

The effectiveness of the anti-malarial drug Hydroxychloroquine and its closely-related chloroquine in treating symptoms of COVID-19, which is caused by the CCP virus (commonly known as the novel coronavirus), is of much debate.

The FDA initially issued an emergency use authorization for the two drugs, but later revoked the authorization in June last year, saying that they were “unlikely to be effective in treating COVID-19.”

However, there have been studies showing their effectiveness: one study showed Hydroxychloroquine lowered the death rate of COVID-19 patients, while another study demonstrated a drug cocktail containing Hydroxychloroquine could lower the hospitalization and death rate of patients infected by the virus.

The FDA currently has a database listing fraudulent COVID-19 products, including test kits. The list contains company names and the names of their products.

In December last year, customs officials in Cincinnati seized 10,080 counterfeit “surgical masks”, which were labeled “3M Mask Model 1860,” in a shipment originating from China, according to a press release. The boxes containing the masks were fraudulently labeled as “Made in the USA.” If genuine, these fake 3M masks would have an estimated manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $65,520.

“CBP officers in Cincinnati made a significant seizure of counterfeit masks that were packaged advertising protection against communicable respiratory diseases. Officers seized the 21 shipping boxes that contained over 10K counterfeit mask. https://t.co/L0x1I1qaXF  pic.twitter.com/2irnkDArZ6 — CBP Chicago (@CBPChicago) January 15, 2021

Counterfeit masks were also arriving in the United States from Hong Kong. Customs officials in Cincinnati seized 6,080 fake 3M masks in freight from Hong Kong on Dec. 6, 2020.

Another seizure took place in Chicago in September last year, when local customs officials stopped a shipment containing 500,000 counterfeit N95 masks. These masks were determined to have an estimated retail price of $474,905, if genuine. The shipment originated from the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen and was destined for a company in Manalapan, New Jersey.

The CBP report also mentioned that customs officials issued a record number of 13 new withhold release orders, banning the imports of products made with forced labor, in the 12-month period that ended on Sept. 30, 2020.

Most of these targeted products—including disposable gloves, seafood, and cotton—originated from China. Together, these products were valued at nearly $50 million, according to the report.

On January 13, the CBP issued a new withhold release order banning all imports of “cotton, apparel, textiles, and tomato products” from far-western China’s Xinjiang region.

Beijing has detained more than one million ethnic Muslims, including Uyghurs, Kazakh, and Kyrgyz people, in “internment camps” in Xinjiang. Detainees are subject to “forced labor, torture, and political indoctrination” sessions. Beijing claims these camps are “vocational training centers.”

In August last year, a U.S. company was fined $575,000 for importing stevia powder and derivatives there were made by “prison labor” in China.

Several months later, in October, CBP asked all U.S. ports to seize stevia products made by an Inner Mongolia-based company, after evidence showed the company used convict, forced, or indentured labor to manufacture the products.

“Currently, CBP is enforcing 44 active withhold release orders and seven active findings,” according to the report.

Finally, the report concluded that CBP officials seized a total of 26,503 shipments with products found to have violated U.S. intellectual property rights, with China being the “top source” of such seizures. These products would have a total estimated manufacturer’s suggested retail price of over $1.3 billion.

A Chinese doctor shows the anti-impotence drug Viagra at a hospital in Shanghai. Viagra officially made its debut in mainland China 03 July and is now available by prescription in full-service Chinese hospitals for the retail price of 71 yuan (8.60 USD) for a 25mg-dose and 99 yuan (11.90 USD) for a 50mg-dose per tablet. In the Chinese market, Viagra, sold under the Chinese name of Wan Ai Ke, is being produced in a joint venture factory between Pfizer pharmaceutical and Dalian pharmaceutical in the northeastern Chinese city of Dalian. AFP PHOTO/LIU Jin via Getty Images)

“ICE, @CBP and LAPD seize counterfeit Viagra pills, footwear, belts, car emblems and headphones worth more than $32 million at the Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport. https://t.co/cK9jWDw1mo pic.twitter.com/67QjuucuO2 — ICE (@ICEgov) December 17, 2020

In December last year, customs officials in Los Angeles seized three cargo shipments from China containing “counterfeit” products that could be worth over $32 million. Among the seized fake products were one million knockoff “Viagra pills, footwear, belts, purses, and headphones.”

Counterfeit “toys” from China that could be worth about $1.3 million were also seized at the Port of New York/Newark, the CBP announced on Dec. 21 last year.

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