LOUISVILLE, Kentucky—Consumers in the U.S. can shop with greater confidence knowing U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers are on the frontlines preventing counterfeit merchandise from entering the country.
CBP officers conducting express-consignment operations in Louisville, Kentucky, recently seized a treasure trove of over 1,100 pieces of counterfeit designer jewelry with an estimated manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $562,729.
“CBP is committed to enforcing trade laws at our ports of entry, protect our nation’s revenue and identifying individuals who brazenly attempt to import counterfeit merchandise into the United States,” said Area Port Director Marc Hurteau.
This seizure was a part of daily operations for the Area Port of Cleveland and included CBP officers and import specialist assigned to express-consignment operations in Louisville, Kentucky. CBP officers in Louisville process over 40,000 parcels per night and make a variety of seizures including counterfeit checks, drugs, monetary instruments, fraudulent documents, and intellectual property rights violations. The largest seizure of counterfeit goods for this area took place in January 2015 when $12 million in counterfeit goods were seized in Operation Super Fake.
The enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights is a CBP Priority Trade Issue. Priority Trade Issues represent high-risk areas that can cause significant revenue loss, harm the U.S. economy, or threaten the health and safety of the American people. They drive the risk-informed investment of CBP resources as well as enforcement and facilitation efforts, including special enforcement operations, outreach, and regulatory initiatives.
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