23 Dec 2020 -

Tis the season to be jolly careful of counterfeit

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) warns of the perils of accidentally buying counterfeit goods during the Christmas season in an interview with Federal News Network here.

John Leonard, a executive director with USCBP’s Office of Trade Policy, says that “counterfeiters will kind of hop on to whatever the latest trend is, or whatever the latest big selling items are, items that are moving within commerce.

“We see counterfeit electronic goods, which can pose a health threat with batteries etc. exploding. We see counterfeit pharmaceuticals, which obviously pose health threats. We see counterfeit items in the automotive sector, specifically counterfeit airbags, which can be very, very dangerous, they do not deploy and protect the driver, they can actually explode and cause great injury or death.

He concludes, “The best advice that we can give is to really pay attention to who the supplier is that you’re buying from online.”

Listen to the podcast here.

For more help in this area, Astute Electronics offer very reliable on-site labs for carrying out a range of destructive and non-destructive counterfeit testing, as shown here:

Astute is a highly accredited, quality-driven procurement expert, with a list of clients that includes the world’s leading defence suppliers. Our mission is to shield you against inferior quality products and services. As such, our operations are run in accordance with quality processes including AS6081 that mitigates the risks of purchasing and supplying fraudulent/counterfeit electronic parts.

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