NBA and MLB partnership with CBP and Chamber of Commerce to combat counterfeiting

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Chamber of Commerce have announced that they will collaborate with the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Major League Baseball (MLB) on the anniversary of the first-of-its-kind partnership to combat counterfeit goods.

Counterfeit sporting goods generate millions of dollars in revenue for criminal organizations each year. Last year alone, CBP seized $94 million worth of counterfeit sports memorabilia, apparel and equipment. CBP, The Chamber, NBA and MLB hope this partnership will help protect consumers and their families from unsafe, inferior and counterfeit products that threaten consumer health and safety and expose law-abiding businesses to unfair economic competition. The announcement comes just one year after CBP and the Chamber signed a Memorandum of Understanding to improve cooperation and information sharing to better protect the public and brand owners from criminal counterfeiting.

“The Chamber and the companies are proud to continue their alliance with law enforcement to prioritize solutions to eliminate counterfeit and pirated goods,” said Chamber Executive Vice President Tom Quadman. “We are excited to grow this partnership with the participation of the renowned National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball. Counterfeit goods have real consequences, and consumers—whether sports fans, parents or small businesses—must have confidence that they are getting what they paid for.”

“Protection of intellectual property is a cornerstone of CBP’s commercial mission, and the results of our partnership with the Chamber to date have been very exciting,” said Office of Commerce Assistant Executive Deputy Commissioner John Leonard. “We look forward to expanding this effort with the National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball, and we encourage sports fans to shop from trusted sources.”

The Organization for economic cooperation and development It is estimated that the global trade in counterfeit and pirated goods generates more than $500 billion in illicit revenue annually. In the past fiscal year, CBP seized more than 26,500 shipments containing millions of counterfeit items, including personal protective equipment, medicine, COVID-19 test kits, electronics, clothing, shoes and jewelry.

Trade in counterfeit and pirated goods threatens the American innovation economy, the competitiveness of American companies, and the livelihoods of American workers, and sometimes contains ingredients or chemical additives that harm the health and safety of consumers. Proceeds from sales of counterfeit goods finance criminal organizations involved in drug smuggling, arms smuggling, financial crime and other illicit activities.

Customs and Border Protection Initiative Counterfeit goods and real dangers Aiming to raise consumer awareness about the dangers of purchasing counterfeit and pirated goods, the Chamber and CBP have reached millions of people in joint public awareness campaigns on television and radio to educate consumers on the issue. Under this initiative, major retailers and customs officials are exploring data sharing through a pilot program