U.S. Customs Seize Fake COVID-19 Test Kits at LAX

posted on 16th March 2020 by Eddie Saunders
U.S. Customs Seize Fake COVID-19 Test Kits at LAX

On 14th March, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) relieved that two days earlier it had seized a package at the Los Angeles International Airport containing counterfeit COVID-19 test kits from the U.K.

CBP officers discovered six plastic bags containing various vials, while conducting an enforcement examination of a parcel manifested as “Purified Water Vials” with a declared value of $196.81. A complete examination of the shipment, led to the finding of vials filled with a white liquid and labeled “Corona Virus 2019nconv (COVID-19)” and “Virus1 Test Kit”.  The shipment was turned over to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for analysis.

Suspected counterfeit test kits intercepted by CBP in Los Angeles.

Protecting the health and safety of the American people is a top priority for CBP,” said Carlos C. Martel, CBP Director of Field Operations in Los Angeles.

This significant interception, at a time when the U.S. is in the midst of a National Emergency, demonstrates our CBP officers’ vigilance and commitment to ensure dangerous goods are intercepted and not a threat to our communities and our people.”

CBP commits substantial resources to detect, intercept and seize illicit goods arriving in the air package environment,” said LaFonda Sutton-Burke, CBP Port Director at LAX

Smugglers are constantly attempting to take advantage of consumers by disguising their illicit goods as legitimate shipments.”