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CBP Savannah Alerts Holiday Shoppers to Be Aware of Counterfeits

Release Date: 
November 21, 2018

SAVANNAH, GA.— U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations, at the Area Port of Savannah, showcased today a collection of cargo seizures valued  in excess of $6.6 million dollars. Savannah, home of the second busiest container port on the East Coast, has seen a significant increase from past years in Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) seizures.

“These seizures demonstrate the commitment CBP has with keeping the American consumer safe from potential harmful products,” said Savannah Area Port Director Lisa Beth Brown. “CBP works around the clock to facilitate trade while keeping our country safe. Ensuring the safety of the public against dangerous merchandise is a top priority for CBP.”

OFO Savannah IPR display
CBP at Port of Savannah highlighted
these seized counterfeit items

Over the past year, CBP officers working in conjunction with other federal partners such as the Consumer Product Safety Commission and Environmental Protection Agency, have seized items that violated import requirements, primarily consumer safety standards and IPR enforcement such as trademarks and trade names.  Seized items on display today included motor cycle helmets that did not meet Department of Transportation safety requirements, cell phone cases, clothing, consumer electronics, toys, and many more items bearing counterfeit logos. 

To learn more about the consequences and dangers that can be associated with the purchase of counterfeit and pirated goods, visit the Fake Goods, Real Dangers webpage. 

If you have any suspicion of or information regarding suspected fraud or illegal trade activity, please report the trade violation to e-Allegations Online Trade Violation Reporting System or by calling 1-800-BE-ALERT.

View CBP Snapshot to learn some of what CBP achieves ‘On a Typical Day.’ To find out more about CBP operations in the Southeast, follow @CBPSouthEast on Twitter.

Last modified: 
November 23, 2018