Florida and Puerto Rico key areas for anti-counterfeiting efforts
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has singled out anti-counterfeiting efforts in Florida and Puerto Rico in its annual assessment of its battle against the import of counterfeit goods.
Citing a half-dozen of the biggest cases during 2006, a statement from CBP noted that officers in Puerto Rico had seized a total of 131,685 products with counterfeit Underwriters Laboratories labels, with a value of $345,823, during fiscal year 2006. CBP officials also seized more than 13,000 counterfeit light bulbs, worth $45,000, in October.
The report also noted how officers at the Port of Miami electronically targets a container en route from China to Belize and flagged it for examination when it eventually arrived in the U.S. The container was full of counterfeit versions of designer merchandise valued at more than $1 million.