Rosslyn, VA — As part of its ongoing effort to accentuate the dangers of counterfeit electrical products, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has commended the efforts of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as reflected in the CBP’s annual report on intellectual property rights (IPR) seizure statistics report for fiscal year 2008.
According to the CBP, the value of all seized counterfeit and pirated products for the year ending September 30, 2008, was nearly $273 million, an increase of 38% over 2007, including a 43% increase in seizures of counterfeit electrical products during 2008 over 2007, with a total value of almost $23 million in 2008. (All figures are in U.S. dollars.)
The category for electrical products represented 8% of all seizures and ranked fifth among all product categories of counterfeit goods seized. In 2007, the category for electrical products was the third-ranked category of seizures but also represented 8% of all seizures. Seizures of counterfeit batteries totalled $1.8 million. Other electrical articles seized include power adaptors, extension cords, circuit breakers and lighting products. The customs data indicates that the counterfeit electrical articles come from China and Hong Kong.
As in previous years, footwear is the leading category of counterfeit products seized, with handbags and apparel following. In 2008, seizures of counterfeit pharmaceuticals saw a dramatic increase of 152% over 2007.
This data reflects both seizures in the ports by CBP as well as seizures in the U.S. by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The CBP yearly report for 2008 can be found on the Internet.
U.S. Customs is working collaboratively with intellectual property rights holders to identify inbound shipments of suspect product shipments. NEMA and its members have worked to educate and train port officials at the ports as well as the Washington, D.C.-based IPR Enforcement Center about counterfeit electrical products to assist in their border protection efforts.