SAN FRANCISCO — Hundreds of counterfeit San Francisco Giants shirts, caps and other souvenir gear has been donated to a relief organization after federal agents seized them from vendors outside AT&T Park during the 2012 World Series, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Agents with the U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security Investigations worked with the CBP during sweeps of counterfeit Giants merchandise outside the stadium during World Series games last October, according to the CBP.

CBP officials at the Port of San Francisco donated the counterfeit gear, with an estimated value of $6,400, to World Vision International, a non-profit organization that provides aid to the needy across the globe.

According to ICE, it’s estimated that product counterfeiting costs U.S. businesses more than $200 billion a year in lost revenue.

During the San Francisco Giants previous World Series appearance in 2010, federal agents also donated more than 2,400 items of counterfeit MLB clothing and other merchandise to World Vision for distribution to needy children and families overseas, according to ICE.

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