Milwaukee -Milwaukee Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers recently seized over $400,000 worth of counterfeit merchandise during an Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) enforcement operation during the last month.
CBP staff at DHL and FedEx facilities made 83 seizures of IPR infringing merchandise including NFL and NBA jerseys, counterfeit Tiffany jewelry, footwear, handbags, DVDs and workout equipment. The Manufacture Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of the items seized totaled $431,587.
"It is very important that people buy from legitimate authorized retailers," said David Murphy, CBP director of field operations in Chicago. "I am very pleased with our officers' work. These seizures represent the commitment by CBP in protecting the American consumer from receiving fraudulent, inferior and in many cases potentially dangerous products."
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, damage the U.S. economy and threaten the health and safety of American people.
For more information on IPR issues, visit the Customs and Border Protection website.
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 is 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.