2017 Seizures of Counterfeit Products Entering U.S. up 10% over 2016






The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agencies conducted  34,143 seizures of counterfeit goods that violated intellectual property coming into the United States from abroad in 2017. This increase may be due in part to increased man power and enforcement by these agencies and represent a ten percent increase from 2016. The estimated value of the goods seized is $1.2 billion. Apparel headed the list of goods seized, especially luxury brands like Channel, Louis Vuitton and sportswear. One of the largest seizure came as the result of the arrest of a New York-based man named Su Ming Ling who had been under investigation for four years for selling $250 million in fake sportswear. Ling fraudulently posed as a representative by use Internet domain names and email addresses that resembled those of real U.S. businesses.




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