Cincinnati - U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have just concluded an extremely successful Intellectual Property Rights enforcement operation. Operation Safe Summer ran from Sept. 7-17 seizing hundreds of counterfeit items being imported into the U.S.
CBP officers assigned to the DHL hub, with the support of Import Specialists from Cleveland, and ICE Homeland Security Investigations agents have been targeting and seizing arriving parcels containing IPR violations.
As a result of the two week special operation conducted by CBP staff at the DHL hub, 611 seizures of intellectual property rights infringing merchandise were initiated. The total manufacturer's suggested retail price of the goods seized during Operation Safe Summer was $21,475,735.38.
Stopping the flow of fake goods is a priority for the U.S. government, and CBP has designated IPR enforcement as a Priority Trade Issue. Importation of counterfeit merchandise can cause significant revenue loss, hurt the U.S. economy, or threaten the health and safety of the American people.
These products range from electrical articles such as power cords and lights that can catch fire or shock consumers, to medications with unknown ingredients, to batteries that may explode or leak mercury, to personal care items such as toothpaste and shampoo that may contain harmful bacteria, to computer network components, semiconductors, and machinery and parts that can cripple infrastructure vital to national security, including financial, telecommunications, defense and other essential systems.
"All the pieces came together very nicely," said David Murphy, CBP director of field operations in Chicago. "Our officers, import specialists, federal law enforcement partners and the DHL staff worked together to make this operation a success. CBP is committed to protecting our nation from anything that can cause it harm, including the importation of counterfeit merchandise."
For more information on IPR issues, visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Intellectual Property Rights site.
CBP officers and agriculture specialists are stationed at the express consignment facilities located throughout the country. CBP constantly conducts enforcement operations on international parcels and on the lookout for any type of contraband or prohibited items being shipped to the U.S.
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.