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CBP Seizes Passenger’s Phony Wallets

Release Date: 
August 11, 2015

Officers unpack counterfeit merchandise 

DALLAS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport seized counterfeit Louis Vuitton and Burberry wallets, valued at $32,000.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized these counterfeit wallets which were packed inside a passenger's suitcase.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized these counterfeit wallets which were packed inside a passenger's suitcase.

The items were seized Aug. 4 and destined for Ruston, Louisiana.

CBP officers conducted an inspection of a passenger arriving from Narita, Japan with checked bags.  During the inspection, officers discovered 58 brand-named wallets that appeared to be counterfeit.   The traveler admitted the items he packed were counterfeit.  The items did not appear to be of the quality consistent with legitimate goods as the items included unusual labeling and the markings on the wallets were not manufactured by the trademark holders.

Counterfeit Burberry wallets were among those seized from a traveler's suitcase.

Counterfeit Burberry wallets were among those seized from a traveler's suitcase.

“Packing counterfeit merchandise in suitcases doesn’t release passengers from their obligation to adhere to U.S. import laws,” said Dallas CBP Port Director Cleatus Hunt. “This seizure protects the trademark holder, their businesses and their employees and denies the counterfeiter from reaping profits from the sale of illegitimate goods.”

On a typical day in fiscal year 2014, CBP officers around the country seized more than $3.4 million worth of products because of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) violations.  Since 2007, CBP identified IPR enforcement as a priority trade mission. For additional statistics and a list of the most popular counterfeit items and their worth visit the fiscal year 2014 IPR report.

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

CBP does offer importers/exporters with information to become familiar with applicable laws and regulations.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017