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$1 Million in Counterfeit Goods Seized in Detroit

More than 30,000 counterfeit items worth an estimated $1 million were seized from two warehouses in metro Detroit by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and officers from the Detroit Police Department.

The seized counterfeit items include: articles of clothing, purses and wallets, winter coats and gym shoes. The estimated street value of the items is close to $1 million. If the items had sold at the Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of the genuine brand merchandise, the estimated value is more than $3 million.

The seized counterfeit items represent various name brands, including Air Jordan, Gucci, Coach, Coogi, Nike, True Religion, Sean John and other designer name brands.

Counterfeiting, piracy and other intellectual property rights (IPR) violations have grown in magnitude and complexity as technology facilitates this crime, costing U.S. businesses billions of dollars in lost revenue. Industry and trade associations estimate that counterfeiting and piracy cost the U.S. economy between $200 billion and $250 billion per year, and more than 750,000 American jobs. This impact is not just on the business community. In some instances, this crime poses a direct threat to public health and safety.


Source: CBP/ICE


The CBP strategic approach to intellectual property rights enforcement is multi-layered and includes seizing counterfeit goods at the border, pushing the border outward through audits of infringing importers and cooperation with our international trading partners, and partnering with industry and other government agencies to enhance these efforts.  CBP officers and import specialists are aggressively working together to intercept shipments containing counterfeit and pirated items.

Recent CBP IP counterfeit seizures at the US border include:


-Los Angeles, Ca - $14.3 Million Worth of Fake Designer Clothing Seized

U.S. Customs and Border Protection import specialists and officers assigned to the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport discovered and seized 47,184 pieces of clothing in violation of Chanel, Polo, Gucci, Coogi and Dior trademarks in three shipments arriving from China over the past three months.


The combined manufacturer's suggested retail price for all three shipments is $14.3 million with a combined domestic value of $173,034.56.


In fiscal year 2010, CBP at Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport accomplished a record breaking year with 863 trade seizures with a domestic value exceeding $34 million. This is a 42 percent increase in the number of seizures from fiscal year 2009.


- Louisville, IL CBP Seize Counterfeit High End Designer Watches

CBP recently seized a shipment of counterfeit watches with a Manufacture's Suggested Retail Price of $933,318 at the UPS express consignment facility. The shipment, imported from China, infringed upon the intellectual property rights of Armani, Cartier, Lacoste and Breitling corporations.


- Boston CBP Seize $87,000 in Music CDs

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the port of Boston identified and seized a shipment of counterfeit music CDs for intellectual property rights violations. The suggested retail price of the pirated CDs bearing images of the Marvel Entertainment character is estimated to be $87,664.


On May 23, CBP officers targeted a shipment containing 2,925 boxed sets of music CDs at the Container Examination Station for an enforcement examination. During the examination, CBP officers observed the boxes bearing the image of what appeared to be Marvel Entertainment's "Dr. Doom" character, which is a trademark recorded with CBP.


After further inspection the goods were detained for a thorough investigation. When CBP sought a letter of authorization for use of the CD trademark from the importing party, the importer signed and submitted a CBP Form 4607, Notice of Abandonment. Subsequently, all 183 boxes were seized for IPR violations on June 20.


Source: CBP

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