Apparel, Wearables Top ICE Counterfeit Seizures for 2016
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released the Intellectual Property Rights Seizure Statistics report for the 2016 fiscal year, detailing the extent of seizures of counterfeit and unauthorized merchandise.
The report indicated that, after more than 31,000 seizures, the agencies nabbed about $1.38 billion—an increase from 2015's 28,000 seizures worth about $1.35 billion, and 2014's 23,140 seizures of about $1.2 billion.
According to the statistics, apparel and accessories were the most-counterfeited items, accounting for 20 percent of the total seized items. Consumer electronics was close behind, with just about 1,000 fewer seizures.
The report also indicated that 52 percent of seized items came from China, followed by 36 percent from Hong Kong.
To view the full report, click here.