According to a new report published by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), China “contributes” about 51% of counterfeit or poor quality products (such as masks, test kits) was related to COVID-19 and seized by CBP employees from October 2019 to September 30, 2020.
Among the products seized by US customs officers were more than 12.7 million fake masks, 177,356 COVID-19 inspection kits banned by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and 38,098 chloroquine tablets are banned by the FDA.
The effectiveness of the antimalarial drugs hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine in treating symptoms of COVID-19, caused by the Chinese virus (commonly known as the new corona virus), remains controversial.
FDA initially granted emergency permits to the two drugs, but later revoked them in June 2020, saying they “were not effective in treating COVID-19.”
However, there are studies that show their effectiveness: one study found that hydroxychloroquine reduced the mortality of patients with COVID-19, while another demonstrated that a combination drug (drug cocktails containing hydroxychloroquine may decrease hospitalization and mortality rates of patients infected with the virus.
FDA currently has a database that lists fake COVID-19 products, including test suites. The list contains names of companies and their products.
In December 2020, Cincinnati customs officials seized 10,080 fake surgical masks, labeled “3M Mask Model 1860” in a shipment originating in China, according to a press release. Containers of the mask were labeled as “Made in America.”
If they are genuine, these fake 3M masks will have an estimated manufacturer retail price of 65,520 USD.
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
The fake masks were also shipped from Hong Kong to the US. Customs officers in Cincinnati seized 6,080 fake 3M masks in shipment from Hong Kong on December 6, 2020.
Another arrest took place in Chicago in September 2020, when local customs officers intercepted a shipment containing 500,000 fake N95 masks. These masks are determined to have an estimated retail price of USD 474,905, if genuine. The shipment originated in southern China Shenzhen city, and was moved to a company in Manalapan, New Jersey.
Items derived from forced labor
The CBP report also mentions that customs officers have issued a record 13 new withhold release orders, out of which the importation of products made from forced labor is prohibited within The 12 months ended on September 30, 2020.
Most of these targeted products – including disposable gloves, seafood and cotton – originate from China. According to reports, these products have been valued at nearly $ 50 million.
On January 13, CBP issued a new cancellation, which banned the import of all cotton, clothing, textile and tomato products from the remote Xinjiang region of western China.
Beijing has held more than one million Muslim ethnic minorities, including Uighurs, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, in detention centers in Xinjiang. The detainees are subjected to forced labor, torture, and participate in political propaganda sessions. Beijing declared these camps “vocational centers.”
In August 2020, a US company was fined $ 575,000 for importing stevia powder and derivatives produced by labor prisoners in China. A few months later, in October 2020, CBP ordered all US ports to seize stevia products produced by a Inner Mongolia-based company, after it was found that the company had employ convicted, coerced or indentured workers to manufacture these products.
“Currently, CBP is executing 44 revocation orders and 7 valid sentencing results,” according to the report.
Finally, the report concludes that CBP employees seized a total of 26,503 shipments with products found to infringe US intellectual property rights, of which China was the “leading source” of the cases. such arrest. These products have an estimated total manufacturer retail price of more than 1.3 billion USD.
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. Learn more: https://t.co/cK9jWDw1mo pic.twitter.com/67QjuucuO2
– ICE (@ICEgov) December 17, 2020
In December 2020, Los Angeles customs officers seized three shipments from China containing counterfeit products valued at more than $ 32 million. Among the counterfeit products seized were one million counterfeit Viagra pills, shoes, belts, purses, and headphones.
CBP announced on December 21, 2020 that fake toys from China, which could be worth about $ 1.3 million, were also seized at the Port of New York / Newark.
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