Shoes No.1 on Counterfeit List

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.