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CBP in Charleston intercepts counterfeit designer shorts & jeans
21
Jul '09
U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the Port of Charleston seized more than 800 pieces of counterfeit designer shorts and jeans in two separate seizures, officials announced.

CBP officers discovered the shipments of counterfeit merchandise in two containers that were selected for examination. A total of 187 shorts bearing the Izod logo accounted for the first seizure. The second seizure consisted of 475 denim jeans bearing the Old Navy logo, and 185 shorts and jeans bearing the Gap logo. Combined, the shipments had a total domestic value of $165,000 and a manufacturers suggested retail price of $727,208.

CBP has designated intellectual property rights enforcement as a Priority Trade Issue and devotes considerable resources and diverse personnel to the enforcement of IPR. CBP has targeted and seized an increasing number of counterfeit products that pose safety threats to American consumers, to our infrastructure, and potentially to our security. “CBP is a key stakeholder in combating illegitimate trade and seizing counterfeit goods at our borders,” said Robert A. Fencel, area port director in Charleston. “This undertaking is being accomplished through advanced training of our officers and conducting extensive outreach within the trade community on IPR enforcement.”

“CBP protects businesses and consumers every day by combating the trade of counterfeit and piratical merchandise through an aggressive IPR enforcement program,” said Robert C. Gomez, director of operations in Atlanta. “In fiscal year 2008, DHS initiated more than 14,700 IPR seizures with a domestic value of more than $267 million. This demonstrates the continued level of commitment CBP has to protect American businesses and consumers from fraudulent goods.”

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

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