ATLANTA—United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the port of Atlanta recently seized one counterfeit clothing shipment with a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) valued at over $13,800.00. The counterfeit items included brand names such as bebe, Guess, Armani, Old Navy, and Manchester. Later, during an unrelated inspection, CBP officers seized a shipment of Piratical Mossy Oak Bags, and floor lamps with counterfeit Underwriters Laboratories (UL) cords, valued at $5,560.92.
CBP officers assigned to the Port of Atlanta operations continue efforts daily to enforce U.S. intellectual property rights which are increasingly under attack from unscrupulous persons who stand to profit at the expense of legitimate businesses and individual citizens. These seizures show that CBP continues to play a key role in the enforcement of laws protecting the U.S. economy and ensuring that safe and quality products are available in the market place.
"In today's hard economic times it is of the utmost importance to protect our economy in every possible manner. These seizures highlight the diversity of the CBP mission," said Stephen Kremer, CBP area port director in Atlanta.
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.