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CBP in Savannah Cuts into Counterfeit Goods

Release Date: 
March 10, 2010

Savannah, Ga.- U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the Port of Savannah intercepted and seized 23 cartons of counterfeit "Barlow" pocket knives, officials announced today. The shipment had a total domestic value of $57,672 and a manufactures suggested retail price of $75,851.

Counterfeit knives.

The shipment was selected for examination after CBP officers became suspicious of documentation that had been submitted for the cargo. Upon physical inspection, more than 4,400 name-brand knives bearing the name of "Barlow" were discovered. After determining the items violated trademark laws, the shipment was seized March 2.

"Intellectual property rights enforcement is a Priority Trade Issue for CBP," said John Porter, area port director in Savannah. "CBP takes seriously its role in stopping fraudulent items from reaching American consumers. This seizure is illustrative of that commitment."

To address the ongoing threat to domestic industries and the need to identify and interdict counterfeit goods, CBP works closely with private industry, other U.S. government agencies and foreign governments to stem the flow of illegal goods to protect consumers and the economy.

For more information on intellectual property rights dealing with trademarks, please visit the CBP Web site.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017