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CBP Seizes Counterfeit Clothes in Luggage

Release Date: 
April 8, 2015

Officers unpack passenger's attempt to bypass importing rules

DALLAS, Texas -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport seized 220 clothing items with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of just over $22,000 found in a passenger’s checked luggage.

Counterfeit Adidas tank tops

CBP officers seized 82 different counterfeit Adidas products ranging from tank tops to windbreakers.

CBP officers conducted an inspection of a passenger arriving from Vietnam with six checked bags and discovered multiple clothing items in commercial quantities that appeared to be counterfeit, violating intellectual property rights. 

The counterfeit items included 82 different Adidas products ranging from tank tops to windbreakers, 36 different Abercrombie items, 65 Chanel pieces, 12 Nike sweatshirts, 15 Ralph Lauren items, and an assortment of other name brand designers. The seized items did not appear to be of the quality consistent with legitimate goods as the items included unusual lettering and labeling and the markings on the clothing were not manufactured by the trademark holders.

Counterfeit Tommy Hilfiger underwear

CBP officers seized 220 counterfeit clothing items packed in a passenger's luggage.

“Counterfeit items even in small quantities is an IPR violation and adversely affects unsuspecting consumers, businesses and our economy,” said Port Director Cleatus Hunt.  “This type of seizure typically occurs through other commercial shipping means, however, we will take any opportunity to intercept the smuggling of counterfeit goods.  This seizure in the airport environment represents our commitment to enforcing priority trade issues.”

CBP targets and seizes imports of counterfeit and pirated goods, and enforces exclusion orders on patent-infringing and other IPR violative goods.  In fiscal year 2014, CBP and Homeland Security Investigations recorded more than 23,000 seizures worth an estimated $1.2 billion.  The number one counterfeit commodity seized was wearing apparel and accessories. 

The IPR 2014 report provides seizure statistics including the top 10 counterfeit items and their estimated value.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017