U.S. Customs Donates Seized Clothing - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Jackson 09/12/05

U.S. Customs Donates Seized Clothing

The men and women who protect the United States borders are now focusing on relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Monday afternoon, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced they are donating seized clothing, to victims of the hurricane.

About 1.7 million dollars worth of counterfeit clothing, shoes, towels, and toys are being donated to the state. Many of the clothing pieces were confiscated because they violated copyright infringements. Normally they would have been destroyed.

Thomas Winkowski, with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, says, "Under statuatory authority during these times of disaster our commissioner has the authority to waive that, in other words we don't have to go back to the trademark and say, can we have that, our commissioner can do that unilatterally during these times of difficulty."

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol say another 13 million dollars in clothing will be brought to the state in the coming weeks. The donated clothing will be distributed by various state agencies.

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