Counterfeit Apparel & Electronics Worth Over $1M Seized in Chicago
CHICAGO–A freight inspection by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Chicago led to a seizure worth $1.16 million.
The shipment arrived in Chicago on July 28 and was inspected by CBP officers. Inside officers found these counterfeit items:
555 Nike and Air Jordan shoes
462 Louis Vuitton handbags, totes, wallets and backpacks
165 Gucci handbags, totes and wallets
4 Rimowa suitcases
13 Beats headphones
10 Apple Airpods headphones
1,000 CDs bearing the Microsoft logo containing protected Microsoft software
When requested, the importer failed to produce licensing for the trademarked products. Based on poor manufacturing and packaging quality and the lack of licenses the freight was deemed counterfeit and seized. The shipment was arriving from Hong Kong and was heading for Dallas, Texas
“CBP is responsible for enforcing nearly 500 U.S. trade laws and regulations on behalf of 49 other federal agencies. CBP officers play a critical role in the Nation’s efforts to keep unsafe counterfeit and pirated goods from harming the American public,” said Shane Campbell, Area Port Director - Chicago. “This is yet another dramatic example of how CBP officers work every day to protect the American consumer, the US economy and US jobs.”
CBP routinely conducts inspection operations on arriving and departing international flights and intercepts narcotics, weapons, currency, prohibited agriculture products, counterfeit goods, and other illicit items at our nation’s 328 international ports of entry.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.