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CBP Highlights On-going IPR Enforcement Efforts with China Customs

CBP recently issued a press release highlighting the results of its second joint intellectual property rights enforcement operation with mainland China’s General Administration of Customs, which was conducted back in April. The month-long operation resulted in the seizure of over 1,400 shipments of counterfeit automotive parts, electronics, identification tags and labels, certain pharmaceutical products, bags, shoes and various apparel products.

During the operation the two agencies focused on stopping shipments of IPR infringing goods from entering U.S. commerce, with CBP making seizures at the U.S. border and China Customs interdicting exports of counterfeit goods destined to the United States. According to CBP, the two agencies will continue to share information and seizure data to effectively target shipments of IPR infringing goods. CBP Office of Trade’s IPR Policy and Programs Director Michael Walsh observed that the United States and mainland China “have a lot of enforcement concerns in common, and being able to talk about them and to work in collaboration is a big step in the right direction.” He added that CBP is confident that the recent joint enforcement operation “has helped to expand the working relationship between our two countries.”

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