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Counterfeit Jewelry Worth $2.85 Million Seized by CBP at Miami International Airport

Release Date: 
October 27, 2015

MIAMI - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Miami International Airport seized 1,200 counterfeit Tiffany bracelets, which, if genuine, would have a total estimated Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) value of $2,850,000.  The jewelry arrived in a shipment from China.

Stock photo of counterfeit Tiffany jewelry

Counterfeit Tiffany jewelry

CBP officers suspected the jewelry to be counterfeit because the bracelets did not appear to be of the quality consistent with the products normally manufactured by the trademark holders. CBP import specialists examined samples and determined the items to be counterfeit.

“CBP has an exceptional team of officers and import specialists that are experts in identifying counterfeit goods,” said Miami International Airport Port Director Christopher Maston. “They work closely with the private industry to identify intellectual property infringement.”

In Fiscal Year 2014, CBP made more than 23,000 seizures of counterfeit goods, which, if genuine,  would have an estimated total MSRP value of $1.2 billion.  For more information on CBP’s enforcement of intellectual property rights, please click here: Priority Trade Issue: Intellectual Property Rights.  Information on suspect shipments or parties may be submitted to CBP through e-Allegations.

In Florida, CBP facilitates travel and trade and secures over 1,200 miles of the coastal border.  Find out more and get real-time updates at @CBPFlorida on Twitter.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017