Jamaica customs agency seizes millions in counterfeit goods

From: Carribean 360

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Tuesday July 28, 2015 – The Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) says it confiscated more than J$250 million (US$2.1 million) worth of counterfeit goods at the island’s ports of entry in just over a year.

Commissioner of Customs and the JCA’s chief executive officer, Major Richard Reese, said the items included cigarettes, clothing, footwear, handbags, belts and hats – some intended for the local market, others destined for other countries.

He made the disclosure yesterday as he addressed the JCA’s five-day intellectual property rights training seminar for custom officers, where director in the agency’s Border Protection Unit, Kalista Powell, also disclosed that the containers bearing the counterfeit products were intercepted between January 2014 and April 2015, following intelligence and joint inter-agency operations that involved local and overseas law enforcement entities.

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