Link to Owner Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr.

FONT & AUDIO

MORE STORIES


Local customs agent show off some the counterfeit goods headed for Oregon.


TRIBUNE PHOTO - Brian J. Humphrey, director of Portland Field Operations for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, shows off some of counterfeit goods seized in Oregon to Congressman Earl Blumenauer and Sen. Ron Wyden during a Wednesday press conference.The items laid out on the table looked like they were ready for a holiday gift-wrapping session:

6 sets of Beat headphones

5 sets of Louis Vuitton charms

A 10-box set of "The Wire" DVDs

A 5-box set of "Dexter"

A 2-DVD set of "The Lion King"

A pair of Air Jordan Retro 11s

A Tory Burch purse

Except these goodies weren't going to a Secret Santa party. They are evidence seized by the U.S. Customs & Border Patrol offices in Northeast Portland. They were on display Wednesday for a news conference in which U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden and U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer discussed ongoing efforts to crack down on counterfeit imports.

Wyden thanked customs officials for intercepting individual packages and entire cargo ships full of counterfeit products coming through the port.

While counterfeit products have been around for years, Wyden said they present dangers beyond shoddy workmanship. "When kids slide their video games into that Sony Play Station on the holiday morning, we want to be sure it won't install dangerous malware into the homes of Oregonians."

Blumenauer said U.S. customs officials, working largely behind the scenes, are a "hidden story" of a service critical to all Oregonians.

While a lot of trade issues in Capitol Hill have become highly charged this election year, Wyden and Blumenauer, both Democrats, said there's bi-partisan support for curbing illegally traded goods, which harm not only consumers, but businesses that have to compete with scofflaws.

Blumenauer said the Oregon timber industry, for example, faces unfair competition from illegal log imports. "There's a lot of disagreement in D.C. over trade," Blumenauer said. "But what we're talking about here is not controversial at all. We're talking about enforcing the trade agreements we've already got."

Go to top
JSN Time 2 is designed by JoomlaShine.com | powered by JSN Sun Framework