WASHINGTON — Federal officials made 9,894 seizures of counterfeit apparel and accessories, valued at $116.1 million, in fiscal year 2013, a year-end report released Monday showed.
That represented 20 percent more of the bogus merchandise year over year and 35 percent of the total amount confiscated, according to the report by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. There were a total of 28,212 seizures covering all consumer products, valued at $1.7 billion, in the fiscal year.
Counterfeiters have long focused on high-price luxury labels, and U.S. and foreign officials have been partnering in recent years to crack down on the illicit trade at physical locations and through e-commerce sites. In addition to apparel, there is also pervasive counterfeiting of handbags and wallets, which topped the list of seizures by value.
In categories that are broken out separately, CBP and ICE officials seized $700 million worth of counterfeit handbags and wallets in the year, representing 40 percent of the total value. Officials also seized $502.8 million worth of fake watches and jewelry, representing 29 percent of the total value. Seizures of bogus footwear were valued at $54.8 million, representing 3 percent of the total value.
China continued to be the number-one source of counterfeit and pirated goods seized, accounting for 68 percent or $1.18 billion of the value seized.
Federal officials also took control of 1,413 Web sites trafficking in counterfeit goods in 2013.