According to the U.S. Customes and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agencies, seizures of counterfeit and pirated goods totaled more than 272.7 million in 2008 representing a 38% increase in value over seizures made in 2007. Counterfeit items that do not meet design requirements are finding their way into not only commercial nuclear power plants but also critical equipment in other industures that closely control procured items. Counterfeit items have made their way into aircraft carrier and fighter jet systems, commercial airliners, pharmacuticals, petrochemical plants, Department of Energy facilities and numerous other commercial projects.
This report should be read by staff involved in procurement, inspection, installlation and maintenance of plant equipment. A "quick read" matrix that points out what sections are considered most important to staff in positions concerned with counterfeit, fraudulent and substandard items is included in the Executive Summary (Section 1).
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