Counterfeit products cost the global economy more than $500 billion a year. That’s why the private sector partners with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to raise awareness nationwide to educate Americans about the dangers of counterfeits.

washington d.c. — As children return to school, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and U.S. Customs and Border Protection are joining forces to educate students, parents, and teachers about the dangers counterfeit products and how to spot them. This joint effort highlights the impact of counterfeit products on the economy as well as consumer health and safety with “10 Tips for ‘Shopping Smart’ for Back-to-School Basics.”

August is a busy time for parents and educators to stock up on everything they need for a successful school year. Unfortunately, it’s also a busy time for scammers looking to sell counterfeit and potentially dangerous counterfeit products. By August 2022, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) had made nearly 17,000 seizures of counterfeit goods worth an estimated $2.4 billion, if the goods had been genuine. Seizures of these counterfeits included consumer electronics, shoes and clothing, to name a few.

“Counterfeit products are a danger to American families, especially children who are about to start another school year,” said Kasie Brill, vice president of brand protection at the Center for Global Innovation Policy. of the United States Chamber of Commerce. “The United States Chamber encourages parents to use our ’10 Tips for ‘Shopping Smart’ to protect their families from the dangers of counterfeit items.

Buying an inferior counterfeit product can save money in the short term, but when it breaks down quickly or poses a safety issue for your child, your costs will double to replace the product. Counterfeiters entice customers with compelling advertisements and low prices, but shoddy or potentially dangerous products and materials aren’t worth the risk. Fake backpacks, pencils and electronic devices threaten students and cost parents more over time.

Counterfeit products cost the global economy more than $500 billion a year. That’s why the private sector partners with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to raise awareness nationwide to educate Americans about the dangers of counterfeits.

“CBP is working closely with our industry partners to alert shoppers to the dangers associated with buying counterfeit products and how to be a conscious consumer,” said John Leonard, Deputy Executive Commissioner CBP Commerce Bureau Deputy. “While the lure of a bargain is tempting, the consequences are simply not worth the risk. Buy only from trusted sources, especially when shopping online.

As part of the national campaign, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Customs and Border Protection are airing and running radio ads across the country informing back-to-school shoppers of the dangers of counterfeit products.

For more information on what you can do to shop smart for back to school, visit www.USChamber.com/shopsmart, The Truth Behind Counterfeits | United States Customs and Border Protectionand Awareness of counterfeits in e-commerce.

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