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Los Angeles CBP Seizes $12 Million in Sham Sunglasses

Release Date: 
September 22, 2010

Los Angeles - In the last two weeks, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) import specialists and officers at Los Angeles/ Long Beach seized sunglasses valued at the combined manufacturer's suggested retail price of more than $12 million.

CBP officers at Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport discovered more than $12 million worth of infringing sunglasses.

CBP officers at Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport discovered more than $12 million worth of infringing sunglasses.

The sunglasses, in three different shipments coming from China, were confusingly similar to Coach, Gucci and Emporio Armani designer protected trademarks. CBP officers seized a total of 78,600 pairs with the domestic value of $79,920.

"This is an excellent example of our continuing trade enforcement efforts at the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport," said Los Angeles Acting Director of Field Carlos Martel. "Stopping the importation of counterfeit and confusingly similar merchandise continues to be a top priority for CBP."

A total of 78,600 pairs were confusingly similar to Coach, Gucci and Emporio Armani protected trademarks.

A total of 78,600 pairs were confusingly similar to Coach, Gucci and Emporio Armani protected trademarks.

Along with the negative impact on legitimate manufacturers and on the U.S. economy, counterfeit sunglasses may not be impact resistant, which can cause injury by shattering and they also may fail to provide proper UV protection.

In fiscal year 2009, there were 14,841 intellectual property rights (IPR) seizures, with a domestic value of $260.7 million, at ports of entry in the United States. The total value of all commodities presenting potential safety or security risks seized in fiscal year 2009 was $32 million with counterfeit sunglasses accounting for nine percent or $2.9 million.

CBP plays a critical role in enforcing trade laws and protects businesses and consumers every day through an aggressive IPR enforcement program. CBP targets and seizes imports of counterfeit and pirated goods, and enforces exclusion orders on patent-infringing and other IPR violation goods.

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 keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017