Los Angeles - U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Los Angeles field office announced the donation of 8,048 pairs of athletic shoes, 1,873 pairs of denim jeans and 5,500 exercise pants and jackets, for a total of 15,521 pieces, to World Vision International, a non-profit organization.
All the items were seized by CBP officials at the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport complex for bearing counterfeit trademarks of various famous brands. The total estimated domestic value of the items is $349,541, with a manufacturer's suggested retail price of more than $2.3 million.
"This is a win-win result. The interception of these counterfeit goods kept them from being distributed in the United States, and the goods are able to be donated for humanitarian relief," said Todd Hoffman, CBP port director of the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport complex.
CBP is responsible for enforcing trade laws and preventing counterfeits from entering the commerce. Once federal forfeiture procedures are completed, seized items may be donated to relief efforts and to charity, with the trademark owner's approval. Products that threaten the health and safety of American consumers are destroyed.
In fiscal year 2009, the Los Angeles field office donated 639,000 pairs of shoes, 3,696 men shirts, 351 TV-DVD combo sets and 41,071 pieces of clothing to charities. These items had a domestic value of $19.2 million and a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $76.5 million.
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.