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Technically, it’s actually the nine largest groups of counterfeit goods shipments seized by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), but pretty revealing nonetheless, given that the numbers probably only represent a fraction of the actual amount being traded. The vast majority of the $1.7bn of counterfeit goods seized arrived from China and Hong Kong, of which some 40% were handbags and wallets. Interestingly, shipments of fake DVDs and computer games dropped sharply, probably because of the shift towards that sort of piracy taking place online.

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