California. CBP seizes shipment of counterfeit bags and shirts

Millennium Digital

California / 07.12.2021 14:46:26

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials seized 13,586 counterfeit designer products that arrived in containers from China through the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, California.

Officers discovered counterfeit tote bags, shoulder bags, backpacks, shirts and pants from numerous brands including Gucci, Chanel, Fendi, YSL y Louis Vuitton, according to a release released on December 2

Authorities estimate that this quantity of merchandise in its original version would have a cost of more than $ 30 million.

CBP officers, in cooperation with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents seized the shipment on November 9, 2021.

Said Carlos Martel, director of field operations in Los Angeles, said that “now more than ever” CBP remains vigilant against smuggling operations.

The goods are presumed to be sold through illegitimate websites and clandestine outlets.

“The rise of e-commerce offers a haven for criminals who can now hide behind seemingly legitimate listings on known websites, “says the statement

COUNTERFEIT PRODUCTS |  CBP

According Donald Kusser, Director of the Port of Los Angeles / Long Beach, this type of merchandise has its peak during the Christmas season when buyers are looking for the best deals.

“If the price of the product seems too good to be true, it is probably false”, said.

Authorities recommend going to authorized retailers and in case of buying online, check seller reviews and that includes a United States address and telephone number.

COUNTERFEIT PRODUCTS |  CBP

In fiscal year 2020, CBP staff across the country seized 26,503 shipments containing counterfeit products with an estimated value of nearly $ 1.3 billion if they had been genuine.

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