U.S. Customs and Border Protection each year processes more than 300 million travelers and more than 24 million containers through U.S. ports of entry. Sometimes, goods go unclaimed or are abandoned.
Imported merchandise that lacks proper documentation to make entry into the United States is known as general order merchandise. After six months from the date the goods arrive in the U.S. with no entry, the merchandise is considered abandoned/unclaimed and becomes property of the U.S. government.
These items are then ordered for sale at auction, ordered destroyed, or occasionally transferred to a local municipality or other government agency for donation.
Recently, one of the CBP abandoned merchandise auctions was filmed for the Travel Channel's new show "Baggage Battles." This show features three teams of auction specialists looking for interesting finds at some of the most unique and colorful auctions around the world.
"Baggage Battles" will air Wednesday at 10 p.m. EDT on Travel Channel.
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.