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More than $600,000 worth of counterfeit dolls seized at Canadian border

Over 60,000 counterfeit dolls, such as this one, were seized by border authorities at the International Falls, Minn., port of entry. Special to The Forum

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. — U.S. border authorities at the International Falls port of entry discovered $600,000 worth of counterfeit dolls in a rail container.

Officers seized 60,180 mermaid and fashion dolls in June after an inspection revealed copyright protected markings on them, according to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The counterfeit merchandise had a suggested retail price of $601,198.

"The enforcement of trade laws at U.S. ports of entry remains a high priority for us," Anthony Jackson, International Falls port director, said in the release.

Jackson said counterfeiting harms consumers because manufacturers of forged products have little motivation to use safe, high-quality materials.

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