NASHVILLE, TN.- The business of selling fake goods did not slow down during the pandemic, as people are relying more than ever on online shopping. The US Customs and Border Protection wants to inform consumers to be mindful of counterfeit goods and services.
“Just since the pandemic began. CBP has seized over 20 million counterfeit masks,” Brandon Lord, Acting Executive Director for Trades Policy with US Customs and Border Protection said.
Counterfeit pharmaceuticals are also a huge concern for them.
“It’s difficult for the American consumer to look at a pill or look at another pharmaceutical product, and quickly identify that it’s counterfeit,” Lord said.
From October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2020, the top 5 categories of goods CBP seized by total number of shipments were:
1. Handbags and Wallets (17% of total shipments seized)
2. Wearing Apparel and Accessories (14%)
3. Footwear (13%)
4. Watches and Jewelry (13%)