The inability to validate online purchases is an ongoing concern for shoppers, and increasingly sophisticated criminal organizations have made fraudulent products more common. But, during the pandemic, the explosion of e-commerce combined with global product shortages left consumers more exposed to counterfeit goods than ever.
Whether they are sold online or not, these fake products are shipped around the world where they are handled by reputable distribution and fulfillment partners, cross closely-watched state and federal borders, and are subject to a mosaic of laws and regulations.
With such stringent oversight, how are counterfeit goods falling through the cracks?
Listen to a compelling conversation featuring an expert from U.S. Customs and Border Protection about the current state of counterfeiting and what manufacturers, retailers and shoppers can do to stay safe.
When you watch this free webinar, you’ll learn about:
- Trends regarding counterfeit goods and diverted imports and exports
- Which product categories have a higher prevalence of suspicious activity
- How federal agents are leveraging technology to increase the efficiency of enforcement
- How consumer brands are lobbying for new industry legislation and other safeguards
- Where CPG brands should invest effort and resources now to address future challenges
John P. Leonard
Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner
Office of Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
John P. Leonard is the Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner (DEAC) of Office of Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Leonard oversees a diverse portfolio of trade enforcement, security, and facilitation to enable legitimate trade, contribute to American economic prosperity, and protect against risks to public health and safety. His work ranges from enforcing over 500 U.S. trade laws, to overseeing 14 trade agreements, to directing CBP’s seven Priority Trade Issues in collaboration with 49 partner government agencies.
Leonard has over 30 years of experience at CBP and the former U.S. Customs Service, first beginning his career as an Import Specialist in Boston in 1989. Since then, he has worked in various leadership positions at CBP, from 2013 to 2017 as CBP Attaché to Singapore, and prior to this as the Area Port Director of San Francisco. As Area Port Director, Mr. Leonard oversaw the CBP clearance of nearly 5 million passengers per year at San Francisco International Airport and over 400,000 cargo containers per year at the Oakland Seaport.
Leonard holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a master's degree in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University. He is a graduate of the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School Senior Executive Fellows program and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
Director, Corporate Communications & Brand Strategy
Corey Grice is Director, Corporate Communications & Brand Strategy at Digimarc Corp., a technology company focused on digitizing the world’s products. He oversees content marketing, public relations, internal communications, and legislative advocacy.