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CBP Atlanta Delivers Counterfeit Awareness to Airport Travelers

Release Date
Fri, 05/12/2023

"Guard Against Counterfeits Road Show Makes Stop in Atlanta"

ATLANTA — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations officers and import specialists presented an Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) outreach with travelers at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) on Wednesday.  A table display of seized IPR merchandise at ATL’s International concourse afforded travelers an opportunity to speak with CBP officers, look over the items and ask questions about counterfeit products.

ATL Officers at Atlanta
CBP officers at Atlanta Airport speak with travelers about counterfeit goods.

“Having CBP officers engage travelers one-on-one about counterfeit merchandise is valuable to educating the community,” said Zachary Thomas, CBP Port Director for the Area Port of Atlanta. “Counterfeiting harms consumers and by allowing the public to see, understand and speak to an officer regarding these products, CBP increases the public’s understanding regarding the risks these products pose, not only to our economy, but to the health and safety of the consumer.”

This “Guard Against Counterfeits” awareness campaign for international travelers, called attention to the growing impacts of purchasing counterfeit goods, including the loss of American jobs and the support of criminal activity. In FY 22, CBP seized more than 25 million counterfeit items worth an estimated $3 billion, had the goods been genuine.

CXBP officers at ATL airport
CBP Trade Specialist and Officers at Atlanta Airport with counterfeit merchandise display

Counterfeit products pose criminal, financial, and consumer safety risks for the United States and its citizens. For example, the purchase of counterfeit goods often supports the funding of criminal enterprises and activity, such as money laundering, smuggling, and trafficking illegal guns and drugs. Counterfeit products also have a large impact on the prosperity of the U.S. economy. When consumers purchase these counterfeit items, legitimate companies lose revenue, translating to lost U.S. jobs and profits over time. Furthermore, unscrupulous counterfeiters do not care about the well-being of the individuals who purchase their products. Many counterfeit products are low-quality and contain unsafe quantities of materials such as lead. The failure of counterfeiters to adhere to government standards can cause injuries or health problems.

CBP is responsible for enforcing nearly 500 U.S. trade laws and regulations on behalf of 47 federal agencies, facilitating legitimate trade, collecting revenue, and protecting the U.S. economy and its consumers from harmful imports and unfair trade practices. Link to learn more on a typical day in CBP

CBP’s IPR enforcement strategy is multi-layered and includes seizing illegal merchandise at our borders, pushing the border “outward” through audits of suspect importers, cooperating with our international trading partners, and collaborating with industry and governmental agencies to enhance these efforts.

Last Modified: May 12, 2023