Miami - During routine examinations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Miami Seaport discovered and seized 92 cartons of counterfeit merchandise on Monday, March 8. The cartons contained belts and sunglasses, which infringed on trademarks recorded with CBP and were estimated to have a MSRP value of $5,233,200. The shipment originated in China and was destined for central Florida.
As the federal agency responsible for U.S. border enforcement, CBP is a key player in IPR enforcement. CBP's IPR enforcement focuses on improving risk analysis to enhance the capability to target and interdict shipments of fake goods while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade; identifying business practices linked to importing counterfeit goods and working with companies to change those practices; using audits to deprive counterfeiters and pirates of their profits; working with IPR holders to protect their rights; and cooperating with other government agencies, foreign customs administrations and international organizations to strengthen IPR enforcement around the world.
"Our CBP officers are working diligently at our airports and seaports to protect businesses and consumers every day by combating the trade in counterfeit and pirated goods through an aggressive Intellectual Property Rights enforcement program," said Harold Woodward, Miami director of Field Operations.
For more information on IPR issues, please visit the Intellectual Property Rights page on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Web site.
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.