Savannah, Ga. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the Port of Savannah has seized more than $1.2 million in counterfeit merchandise from two separate shipment officials announced today. The shipments had combined total domestic value of $551,799, and a combined manufacturers suggested retail price of $1,292,816.
The first shipment was seized on December 8, when CBP officers discovered a shipment of 10,240 pairs of counterfeit Nike sneakers in a container designated for examination. The sneakers had been manifested as woman's clothing. The second seizure occurred on December 17, when CBP officers discovered 1,320,000 counterfeit DVD-R discs in a container that was selected for examination. The shipment was in transit to South America.
"As the primary U.S. border enforcement agency, CBP is charged with enforcing trade laws," said John Porter, area port director in Savannah. "CBP continues to devote time and resources to intercept these fraudulent shipments. These seizures are a prime example of the hard work CBP officers and import specialists perform daily in combating the illegitimate trade in counterfeit merchandise."
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.