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CBP Seizes More Pirated Imports in 2013
March 26, 2014


U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently announced that in the past year the agency increased seizures of pirated goods by more than 7% from 2012.  In 2013, the total number of CBP seizures was 24,361, valued at 1.74 billion, a significant upsurge from the 2012 seizure total of 22,848.  According to the agency’s announcement, CBP seizes 66 goods per day, with each seizure averaging around $71,500.  While the majority of seizures involved pirated goods from China (68%), CBP also confiscated goods from 73 other economies, including Hong Kong, India, Singapore, and Vietnam.

Deputy Assistant Secretary Thomas S. Winkowski attributed the increase to the “hard work” of CBP employees and “increased collaboration” with other agencies through the IPR center, also saying, “we will continue to pursue these criminals and educate the public about the real threats that intellectual property crimes pose.”

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