U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Frederick Douglass-Greater Rochester International Airport seized nearly $2 million worth of counterfeit items in October.
CBP on Tuesday said last month officers targeted multiple shipments that totaled nearly 200 seizures of items that violated intellectual property rights, were Food and Drug Administration violations or drug paraphernalia. The items had a total manufacturer suggested retail price value of $1.85 million.
“Our officers continue to do an amazing job targeting shipments and identifying these violations,” said Rochester Port Director Ronald Menz in a statement. “CBP has a vital role in protecting not only the consumer but also businesses from imported fraudulent items.”
IPR violations include products that infringe on U.S. trademarks, copyrights and patents. Other violations can include misclassification of merchandise, false country-of-origin markings, health and safety issues and valuation issues. CBP officials said these violations can threaten the health and safety of American consumers, the economy and national security.