Counterfeit solar panels worth $1.4 million seized at New Mexico border crossing

EL PASO, Texas (border report) – Border agents confiscated more than $1 million worth of counterfeit solar panels earlier this month at the Santa Teresa Port of Entry in New Mexico.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said the solar panels had a retail value of 1,420,857.

CBP officers discovered the fake solar panels July 15 at the cargo facility in an operation focused on intellectual property rights violations, CBP said.

The panels originated in Vietnam but were held up for examination before the rightful trademark owner declared them counterfeit.

CBP said officers seized 9,072 crystal silicone photocell modules.

“Seizures like what we’ve seen … in Santa Teresa are vitally important to safeguarding the U.S. supply chain,” said Port of Santa Teresa Director Tony Hall. “This seizure is the culmination of the hard work and ingenuity displayed every day by these great officers at our ports of entry.”