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CBP Officers Seize Items worth Approximately $2 Million during the month of October

Release Date: 
November 17, 2020

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Rochester Airport Port of Entry seized counterfeit items worth nearly $2 million.

During the month of October, CBP officers targeted multiple shipments that totaled 193 seizures of items that were Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) violations, and drug paraphernalia. These items had a total Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) value of $1.85 million dollars.

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Seized Gucci purse seized at the Port of
Rochester, N.Y. for IPR violations

IPR violations pertain to products that infringe upon U.S. trademarks, copyrights, and patents. Other violations can include misclassification of merchandise, false country-of-origin markings, health and safety issues, and valuation issues. These violations can threaten the health and safety of American consumers, the economy and national security.

“Our officers continue to do an amazing job targeting shipments and identifying these violations,” said Rochester Port Director, Ronald Menz. “CBP has a vital role in protecting not only the consumer but also businesses from imported fraudulent items.”

If you have information about counterfeit merchandise being illegally imported into the U.S., CBP encourages you to submit an E-Allegation.  The E-Allegation provides a means for the public to anonymously report to CBP any suspected violations of trade laws or regulations related to the importation of goods into the U.S.

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Last modified: 
November 18, 2020