Feds: Imported counterfeits pose security risk

12/8/2009 | Homeland Security Today

Officials continue to battle a flood of counterfeit goods arriving at ports of entry across the U.S., according to statistics released last week by two federal agencies. In fiscal 2009, there were nearly 15,000 seizures of cargo violating intellectual property rights, with a value of almost $261 million. Officials say some of the counterfeit goods have national security implications, including categories such as electronics and pharmaceuticals. Last month, in a week-long investigation of counterfeit and illicit medicines sold on the Internet, federal agencies targeted some 7,000 packages arriving in seven U.S. cities. More than 10% of the packages were held for further examination, and 48 were formally seized.

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