U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Washington Dulles International Airport announced on Nov. 7 they had seized more than 3,000 counterfeit consumer goods shipped from China that, if authentic, would amount to a total MSRP of more than $2.24 million.
According to CBP officials, the air cargo shipment arrived in 18 boxes addressed to Flushing, New York, on Sept. 25 and comprised 2,601 coin purses, 459 purses and three backpacks bearing brand names Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Chanel.
Officers detained the shipment upon suspecting the products to be counterfeit and, with assistance from CBP's Consumer Products and Mass Merchandising Centers for Excellence and Expertise, verified the items' inauthenticity and seized the shipment.
“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,” CBP Baltimore Field Office Director of Field Operations Casey Durst said in a prepared statement. “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.”
Through its Intellectual Property Rights enforcement program, CBP in 2018 seized $3.7 million worth of products with IPR violations on an average day.