CBP Savannah Alerts Holiday Shoppers to Be Aware of Counterfeits
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.”
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.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.