Los Angeles - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials announced today the seizure of a shipment arriving from China containing counterfeit wool scarves with a manufacture's suggested retail price of $2.4 million.
After a thorough examination and research, CBP officers and import specialists at the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport determined that all 24,000 pieces were counterfeits. The infringing wool scarves are marked with a counterfeit "Coach" trademark. The domestic value of this shipment is $84,920.
"CBP continues to devote substantial resources to target, intercept and seize shipments of commodities that violate trade laws. CBP officers and import specialists work diligently to stop shipments containing counterfeit and pirated items," said CBP Acting Director of Field Operations in Los Angeles Carlos Martel.
The theft of intellectual property and the trade in counterfeit and pirated goods threatens America's innovation-based economy, the competitiveness of our businesses, the livelihoods of U.S. workers, and, in some cases, national security and the health and safety of our consumers.
CBP is on the frontline of intellectual property rights enforcement. Stopping the flow of counterfeit commodities is one of CBP's priority trade issues.
In Fiscal Year 2009, 14,841 seizures of counterfeit and pirated goods, with a total domestic value of $260.7 million, were intercepted at U.S. ports of entry.
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.