Apparel continues to top US counterfeit seizures list
Apparel and accessories continue to top of the list of the number of fake goods seized by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in fiscal 2015, new figures show, with more than three-quarters of all products coming from China and Hong Kong.
According to the results of the annual Intellectual Property Rights Seizure Statistics report produced by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), there were a record 28,865 seizures of counterfeit and pirated goods last year, a rise of 25% on 2014.
Had these products been genuine, the estimated manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of the seized goods would have been over $1.35bn. This is a 10% increase in the value of seized goods from the previous fiscal year, which were estimated at $1.23bn MSRP.
Wearing apparel and accessories topped the list with 6,232 seizures, accounting for 22% of the total and with an MSRP put at $157.2m. Footwear was third on the list at 2,818 seizures, rising from sixth on the list the year before, and worth $645m.
Some 52% of all seizures originated in China, with Hong Kong ranked second with 35% of seizures.
The report also said CBP seized 550 shipments containing labels and tags bearing counterfeit trademarks and/or pirated copies intended to be applied to articles after import. These included labels and tags sewn in fabric labels and patches, adhesive stickers and holograms, stamped metal parts including emblems, rivets, zippers, and paper hangtags made for products including apparel, handbags and shoes.
"Counterfeit goods present health and safety hazards, threaten the US economy and fund organisations involved in violent crime," said ICE director Sarah Saldaña.
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