Thwarting Counterfeiters: By the Numbers

Seizures of counterfeits goods grow by 10% in 2008.

Federal agencies recorded nearly 15,000 seizures of fake or pirated goods in fiscal 2008, according to annual statistics released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. That's an increase in seizures related to intellectual property rights (IPR) violations of nearly 10% over the previous year, when some 13,675 seizures were reported.

Footwear has been the top commodity seized since fiscal 2006, while China remains the leading source of IPR violation seizures. Other data show:

14,992 number of intellectual property rights (IPR) seizures by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in fiscal 2008

$272.7 million total domestic value of goods seized for IPR violations in fiscal 2008

38.6 percentage increase in domestic value* of seized goods over fiscal 2007

81 percentage of total domestic value of goods that came from China in fiscal 2008

38 percentage of entire value of infringing goods accounted for by footwear

*Domestic value is the cost of the seized goods, plus the cost of shipping and importing the goods into the U.S., and an amount for profit.

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