U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations, at the Area Port of Savannah, showcased on Wednesday a collection of cargo seizures valued in excess of $6.6 million dollars.
Savannah, home of the second busiest container port on the East Coast, has seen a significant increase from past years in Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) seizures.
“These seizures demonstrate the commitment CBP has with keeping the American consumer safe from potential harmful products,” said Savannah Area Port Director Lisa Beth Brown. “CBP works around the clock to facilitate trade while keeping our country safe. Ensuring the safety of the public against dangerous merchandise is a top priority for CBP.”
Over the past year, CBP officers working in conjunction with other federal partners such as the Consumer Product Safety Commission and Environmental Protection Agency, have seized items that violated import requirements, primarily consumer safety standards and IPR enforcement such as trademarks and trade names.
Seized items on display included motor cycle helmets that did not meet Department of Transportation safety requirements, cell phone cases, clothing, consumer electronics, toys, and many more items bearing counterfeit logos.
If you have any suspicion of or information regarding suspected fraud or illegal trade activity, please report the trade violation to e-Allegations Online Trade Violation Reporting System or by calling 1-800-BE-ALERT.