The Regional Director of Customs, Ricardo Aceituno reported on
November 7, 2016, a container with fake sneakers was detected in
Iquique, Chile. The sport shoes were all copies of designs
owned by important brands such as Nike, Adidas and
"Chalas" Zodiac (similar to the Colombian
According to Aceituno, the Unit of Risk Analysis established a
possible suspicious operation when reviewing and controlling the
documents related to the transit of the products towards a check
and control of the north portThe shipment was coming from China,
and the fake products were hidden behind a shipment of napkins.
There were a total of 474 boxes with 16,454 pairs of fake
sneakers, coming directly from China to the Free Zone.
The director also explained that the values of the operation did
not correspond to the declared products and other contradictions
and variables were raised in that context, such as weight and route
Behind this load there were in total 474 plastic-lined carton
packs, which contained 3,288 pairs of sneakers emulating different
models of the Nike brand, in addition 3,936 pairs of sneakers with
designs imitating logos of the German Adidas and other 9,230 pairs
of Zodiac "Chalas" similar to the international Colombian
The destination of the container with the fake merchandise was
an importing company located inside the walled enclosure of Zofri,
which is not unusual because the port, a free zone, is located
The shipment was declared with a customs value of USD 24,209,
however, its commercial real value could be of around USD
31,786,395.42 Upon verifying the irregularities, the order was to
suspend the shipment and the inspectors stamped the respective
complaint, at the same time as the representatives of the
trademarks were notified of the infringement of Industrial and
Intellectual Property Rights.
Under the Mexican Trademark Law there is no obligation to use a trademark until renewal time is reached in the 10th year as of the filing date of the registration to be renewed and when filing the application for renewal it is only necessary to declare under oath that the mark has been used during a term of the last three years.
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