Customs Seizes Fake Pharmaceuticals

Customs Seizes Fake Pharmaceuticals

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and import specialists at Miami International Airport intercepted about 181,000 counterfeit pills during the last four months of 2012.

In September and December, Customs officers selected two cargo shipments for evaluation, and together with import specialists determined that the cargo, described on the manifests as “pharmaceutical products,” were counterfeit and subject to seizure. Customs estimated the domestic value for these two shipments at approximately $3.2 million.

In fiscal year 2011, Customs made approximately 24,792 intellectual property rights seizures, which the agency said had a domestic value of approximately $178 million. The top three product types seized were consumer electronics, footwear, and pharmaceuticals.