As we approach peak season for imports, it is important that FCBF Members work to ensure the safety and integrity of the goods entering the country. This page is designed to serve as a one-stop-shop for the latest information on eCommerce, Intellectual Property Rights, and other related resources for the FCBF Community.
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Counterfeit Imports on the Rise
Counterfeit products used to be something only seen in alternative retail environments, such as flea markets and sidewalk stands. Now, counterfeit goods are available through stand-alone websites, social media networks, and e-commerce platforms. With no clear end in sight to the current pandemic, online commerce has rocketed to widespread normalcy in 2020. From gifts and special items to furniture and every-day goods, the range of items being purchased through the Internet is unparalleled.
With retailers now finding it easier than ever to reach consumers, counterfeiters are also expanding their operations. This makes combating illicit intentions more challenging—and more important—than ever before. CBP is working to keep these goods out of circulation, with notable seizures including:
- $8.8M of counterfeit luxury watches seized (Cincinnati)
- $400,000 of fake Bluetooth, Star Wars goods seized (Detroit)
- $165,000 in items bearing luxury trademarks seized in Orlando
PDF: The Price of Importing Counterfeit Goods
CBP Guide for Importers. FAKE goods with REAL consequences.
PDF: Awareness of Counterfeits in eCommerce
Guide from CBP for consumers. How to say NO to fakes by KNOWING fakes!
PDF: CTPAT Holiday Season Alert
Guide from CBP’s CTPAT team. Keep the supply chain free of counterfeit and illicit goods this holiday season!
Operation Mega Flex
On average, CBP processes more than 420,000 parcels of mail and 180,000 express consignment shipments each day—just from China.
Operation Mega Flex is an interagency enforcement effort, led by CBP, that works to measure compliance and assess illicit networks in the small package environment through enhanced inspections.
Operation Mega Flex has determined that +/- 12.5% of targeted parcels contain contraband/counterfeit goods. The sales of these goods damage the brand owners far beyond revenues. Counterfeit trade allows terrorism, money laundering, human trafficking, and other threats to national security and human rights violations. Of note, this enforcement effort has identified and seized more than 4200 shipments of illicit goods and 2400 agriculture violations in the last 15 months, keeping potentially harmful plant and animal products out of circulation in the U.S.
As a Member of CTPAT, you have implicitly agreed to prevent the flow of counterfeit and illicit goods. Some of the requirements of your continued compliance with CTPAT standards include:
3.1 – CTPAT Members must have a written, risk-based process for screening new business partners and for monitoring current partners.
7.6 – Procedures must be in place to ensure that all information used in the clearing of merchandise/cargo is legible; complete; accurate; protected against the exchange, loss, or introduction of erroneous information; and reported on time.
7.8 – The shipper or its agent must ensure that bills of lading (BOLs) and/or manifests accurately reflect the information provided to the carrier, and carriers must exercise due diligence to ensure these documents are accurate.
7.10 – Personnel must review the information included in import/export documents to identify or recognize suspicious cargo shipments. Relevant personnel must be trained on how to identify information in shipping documents, such as manifests, that might indicate a suspicious shipment.