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Counterfeit Apparel & Electronics Worth Over $1M Seized in Chicago

Release Date: 
August 11, 2020

CHICAGO–A freight inspection by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Chicago led to a seizure worth $1.16 million. handbag

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

suitcase“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.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021