Operation Infrastructure seizes counterfeit hardware

February 22, 2008 8:39:30 AM PST
U.S. and European customs officers seized more than 360,000 counterfeit computer chips and network components in a joint operation late last year, officials said Friday. "Operation Infrastructure" seized counterfeit goods bearing more than 40 different trademarks in November and December, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.

"The success of Operation Infrastructure clearly demonstrates our commitment to jointly working with our European counterparts to stop the international flow of illicit goods and protect our consumers and businesses from these harmful products," said Dan Baldwin, assistant commissioner of the U.S. Office of International Trade.

In a statement, U.S. Customs said the operation was important because computer hardware is essential to businesses, health care, education and communications. "The counterfeiting of networking hardware and integrated circuits has critical infrastructure, national security and health and safety implications," the agency said.

The operation was a joint effort with the European Commission Tax and Customs Directorate.