TAMPA – Over the course of only a few days, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers working at Area Port of Tampa discovered two shipments with more than half a million dollars-worth of counterfeit merchandise.
CBP officers first examined an air shipment containing merchandise containing counterfeit memory cards worth a total estimated Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) value of $155,000.
Later in the week, CBP officers targeted an additional shipment of counterfeit memory cards with a total estimated MSRP value of over $395,000.
“It is extremely important that we continue to intercept this kind of counterfeit merchandise in order to protect the rights of the trademark holder and the American economy,” said Tampa Port Director Radames A. Torres.
Intellectual Property Rights (“IPR”) enforcement is a CBP Priority Trade Issue.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) released their Fiscal Year 2015 IPR Seizure Statistics this month. The total number of seizures for IPR violations increased nearly 25 percent in fiscal year 2015 nationwide. The collaboration netted 28,865 seizures of shipments, an increase from 23,140 in fiscal year 2014.
If you are aware of, or suspect, a company or individual of infringing upon a trademark or copyright, please report the suspected violation to e-Allegations Online Trade Violation Reporting System or by calling 1-800-BE-ALERT.
In Florida, CBP facilitates travel and trade and secures over 1,200 miles of the coastal border. Find out more and get real-time updates at @CBPFlorida on Twitter.
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.