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U.S. Customs and Border Protection has launched a new campaign to raise awareness of the dangers and negative impacts of purchasing counterfeit goods, including the loss of U.S. jobs and the support of criminal activity. The “Truth Behind Counterfeits” campaign will run through July at six of the busiest U.S. international airports: Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, New York John F. Kennedy International Airport, and Washington Dulles International Airport. Digital ads will also be displayed on travel websites to augment the physical ads in the airports.

According to CBP statistics, the number and value of its seizures of goods infringing intellectual property rights increased in fiscal year 2016. The number of IPR seizures grew by nine percent from 28,865 to 31,560, while the value of IPR seizures in terms of the manufacturer’s suggested retail price rose 2.2 percent to $1.38 billion. The average value per seizure fell 6.5 percent to $43,726, however. Watches and jewelry are most seized commodity by value while wearing apparel is most seized item by number.

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