Counterfeit shoes were the top category seized in 2008, accounting for 38 percent of the entire value of infringing goods, according to statistics released last Thursday by U.S. Customs & Border Protection and U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement.
Fake footwear worth $102.3 million was seized in 2008, compared with $77.8 million in 2007 — a 31 percent increase in value from the year-ago period. Counterfeit footwear from China was responsible for 96 percent of all infringing footwear.
In total, more than $272.7 million in counterfeit and pirated goods were confiscated in 2008. The total number of intellectual property rights seizures increased to 14,992 in 2008, compared with 13,657 the prior year.