CBP Seizes Fake Designer Handbags, Wallets Worth $314K
Counterfeiters ready to prey on holiday shoppers
DALLAS – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport intercepted a shipment manifested as pencil bags but instead were packed with various designer bags totaling a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $314,000.
The shipment which originated in Vietnam and was destined for the Dallas area when CBP officers selected it for inspection.
When CBP officers opened the four boxes, they found 153 items bearing trademarked brands including Prada, Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Burberry and Fendi. CBP’s Consumer Products and Mass Merchandise Center of Expertise and Excellence import specialists determined the various handbags and wallets were counterfeit and officers seized the shipment for IPR and trademark violations.
“We are always looking to intercept counterfeit goods as they could pose harmful risks to consumers, negatively impact our economy, and hurt the intellectual property rights owner and the employees who depend on these brands for a living,” said Dallas CBP Port Director Timothy Lemaux. “As the holiday shopping nears, we can expect to see a variety of counterfeit goods attempting to make entry into the U.S.”
The shipment was turned over to CBP’s Fines, Penalties and Forfeitures branch who will slate the shipment for destruction.
Every year, CBP seizes millions of counterfeit goods destined for sale in underground markets or various online platforms. These goods include fake versions of in demand items including apparel, shoes, cosmetics and smartphones. CBP has also intercepted counterfeit pharmaceuticals, medical devices, supplements and other consumables.
In fiscal year 2020, CBP officers nationwide seized over 26,500 shipments containing counterfeit goods that would have garnered $1.3 billion in sales had they been genuine.
For more information about the risks associated with purchasing counterfeit goods, visit CBP’s Fake Goods, Real Dangers website and read CBP’s e-Commerce Awareness Guide. Additional tips for protecting your family from counterfeit goods are available at StopFakes.gov.