ORLANDO, Fla. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Orlando seized 314 counterfeit Gucci, Fendi, and Salvatore Ferragamo leather belts with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) totaling $128,000 on June 24.
The counterfeit belts arrived in three separate shipments from Hong Kong destined to local Orlando addresses. CBP officers suspected the belts to be counterfeit since they did not appear to be of the quality consistent with the products normally manufactured by the trademark holders. CBP import specialists examined samples and determined the items to be counterfeit.
“Counterfeit goods adversely affect unsuspecting consumers, businesses and our economy,” said Orlando Area Port Director Eduardo Oliveros. “We are extremely proud here in Orlando of our CBP officers and import specialists who protect consumers and ensure these products do not enter the commerce of the United States.”
On a typical day in Fiscal Year 2014, CBP officers around the country seized counterfeit goods totaling more than $3.4 million.
In Fiscal Year 2014, CBP made more than 23,000 seizures of counterfeit goods worth an estimated $1.2 billion. For additional information, statistics and a list of the most popular counterfeit items and their worth, view the 2014 Intellectual Property Rights report.
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.