Global Intellectual Property Center

$1.3 billion (84%) of counterfeit goods seized from China and Hong Kong

$1.3 billion (84%) of counterfeit goods seized from China and Hong Kong

  • In FY 2012, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security seized 22,848 IP-infringing products worth a MSRP of $1.3 billion. Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of International Trade – Seizure Statistics: Fiscal Year 2012.
  • Top counterfeits seized in FY 2012 by U.S. Department of Homeland Security were handbags/wallets, watches/jewelry, apparel, consumer electronics, footwear, and pharmaceuticals. Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of International Trade – Seizure Statistics: Fiscal Year 2012.
  • Operation Pangea V, a global enforcement effort conducted by ICE and Customs and Border Protection to combat illicit crime organizations which sell illicit drugs online, seized approximately 3.7 million doses of potentially counterfeit drugs valued at $10.5 million in 2012. Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of International Trade – Seizure Statistics: Fiscal Year 2012.
  • China and Hong Kong are the primary sources of intercepted counterfeit products. They represent 84% of seizures, amounting to $1.3 billion. Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of International Trade – Seizure Statistics: Fiscal Year 2012.
  • According to the World Health Organization, counterfeit drugs account for as high as 60% of all pharmaceuticals in developing countries. 16% of these counterfeit drugs contain wrong ingredients, 17% contain incorrect amounts of proper ingredients, and 60% have no active ingredients whatsoever. Source: World Health Organization.