Customs and Border Protection officers confiscated 209 counterfeit designer brand phone cases at Washington Dulles International Airport on Wednesday.
The phone cases were emblazoned with a number of designer brand names, including athletic brands Nike and Adidas as well as fashion giants Gucci and Louis Vuitton. If authentic, the cases would have a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $101,139, according to the CBP.
The shipment arrived at Dulles on April 29 in air cargo sent from Hong Kong and was intended to be delivered to an address in Fredericksburg. Officers suspected the merchandise to be counterfeit, a suspicion later confirmed by CBP’s Consumer Products and Mass Merchandising Centers for Excellence and Expertise and by trademark holders.
CBP Director of Field Operations in Baltimore Casey Durst said in a prepared statement such counterfeit products are not only illicit in nature, they could possibly threaten the health of those who buy them.
“In addition to the phone cases consisting of substandard materials and poor construction, these counterfeit phone cases may possess excessive levels of lead paint that may pose health threats to consumers. Customs and Border Protection officers and import specialists will continue to work closely with our trade and consumer safety partners to identify and seize counterfeit merchandise, especially those products that pose potential harm to American consumers,” Durst said.