U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Dulles Airport yesterday seized a shipment of counterfeit consumer good that, if authentic, would have a manufacturer-suggested retail price of more than $2 million.
The inspectors initially examined the air cargo shipment of 2,601 coin purses, 459 purses, and three backpacks adorned with Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Dior, Prada and Hermes brand names that arrived in 18 boxes from China on Sept 25. They suspected the products to be counterfeit and detained the shipment, which was destined to an address in Flushing, NY.
Working with CBP’s Consumer Products and Mass Merchandising Centers for Excellence and Expertise, the agency’s trade experts, they verified through the trademark holders that the products were counterfeit, and seized the shipment Thursday.
“Counterfeit consumer goods fund transnational criminal organizations, are manufactured in unregulated facilities and with substandard materials that may potentially harm American consumers, hurt our nation’s economy, and steal revenue and brand integrity from U.S. businesses and trademark holders,” stated Casey Durst, director of Field Operations for CBP’s Baltimore Field Office. “Customs and Border Protection will continue to work closely with our trade and consumer safety partners to intercept counterfeit consumer goods, especially products that can harm American consumers.”
On a typical day in 2018, CBP officers seized $3.7 million worth of products with IPR violations. As a result of CBP enforcement efforts, ICE Homeland Security Investigations agents arrested 381 individuals, obtained 296 indictments, and received 260 convictions related to intellectual property crimes in 2018.