U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized over $5 million worth of counterfeit items at CVG's DHL hub during a five-day blitz.
Operation Summers End ran from Sept. 19 through Sept. 23.
CBP officers assigned to the DHL hub, with the support of Import Specialists from Cleveland, have been targeting and seizing arriving parcels containing Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) violations.
As a result of the five day special operation conducted by CBP staff at the DHL hub, 289 seizures of intellectual property rights infringing merchandise were initiated. The total MSRP seized during Operation Summers End was $5,390,671.73.
"The American consumer should get what they pay for," said David Murphy, CBP Director of Field Operations in Chicago. "Our officers and import specialists, working in close coordination with DHL have made this operation a success. CBP is committed to protecting our nation from not only bad people and bad things but anything that can cause harm to our citizens or our economic competitiveness, including the importation of counterfeit merchandise."
These products range from electrical articles such as curling iron and hair dryers that can catch fire or shock consumers, to fitness equipment, to pirated DVDs, to personal care items such as makeup that may contain harmful bacteria, to clothing, hats and handbags.