Customs agents assigned to the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach recently confiscated 13,586 counterfeit designer products arriving in cargo shipments from China that, if genuine, would have an estimated retail value of more than $30 million, officials said on Thursday, December 2. ,
Agents found handbags, tote bags, shoulder bags, crossbody bags, backpacks, shirts and pants that had multiple registered and recorded trademarks, such as Gucci, Chanel, Fendi, YSL and Louis Vuitton, in shipment on November 9, to US Customs. According to and Border Security.
If the goods were genuine and not counterfeit, the estimated manufacturer-suggested retail value of the confiscated products would be $30,437,775 combined, CBP said.
CBP Director of Field Operations in Los Angeles Carlos C. “CBP provides substantial law enforcement resources to keep counterfeit and pirated goods off U.S. supply chains, markets, and streets,” Martell said in a statement. “Now more than ever, CBP officers are alert, committed, and focused on disrupting these smuggling operations.”
Historically, counterfeit products have been sold on illegitimate websites and underground stores, CBP said.
“Bad actors exploit e-commerce operations by selling counterfeit and unsafe goods through online platforms,” said Donald R. Kuser, port director of the Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport, in a statement. for deals.
“If the price of the product sounds too good to be true, it probably is,” Kuser said. “Fake goods are often of poor quality and can even be unsafe for you and your family.”
Consumers were urged to take these steps to protect themselves and their families from counterfeit goods:
- Buy goods directly from the trademark holder or authorized retailers.
- When shopping online, read seller reviews and check for a working US phone number and address that can be used to contact the seller.
- CBP’s “E-Commerce Fake Awareness Guide for Consumers” Review.
Last year, CBP seized 26,503 shipments of counterfeit goods across the country, estimated to be worth about $1.3 billion, as genuine.