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June 1, 2021

US Customs teams with Nike to fight fakes

Nike is donating proprietary technology to aid in authenticating a variety of Nike merchandise and prevent counterfeit products from entering the United States. 

By Hannah Abdulla

US Customs & Border Protection is partnering with Nike on a scheme to prevent counterfeit goods from entering the country.

Under the Donations Acceptance Program, Nike is donating proprietary technology to aid in authenticating a variety of Nike. merchandise and prevent counterfeit products from entering the United States.  CBP and Nike will test the tool at a limited number of international mail and express consignment facilities.

“As criminal organizations use proceeds from counterfeit sales to fund other illegal activity, our partnerships help strengthen our border security posture through innovation and resource optimization,” said Diane Sabatino, deputy executive assistant commissioner of the CBP Office of Field Operations. “Our partnerships with stakeholders are vital to CBP’s enforcement mission and continued success in protecting US businesses and consumers from counterfeit goods.”

In Fiscal Year 2020, CBP personnel nationwide seized 26,503 shipments containing counterfeit goods that would have been worth nearly $1.3bn had they been genuine. CBP’s enforcement efforts are strengthened by stakeholder collaboration and innovative approaches such as the CBP and NIKE, Inc. partnership.

The Donations Acceptance Program enables CBP to accept tools and technology to enforce intellectual property rights.  Public-private partnerships are a key component of CBP’s Resource Optimization Strategy and allow CBP to provide new or expanded services and infrastructure at domestic ports of entry.

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