CBP seizes $ 30 million in fake Gucci, Chanel and Louis Vuitton products from China
U.S. Customs and Border Protection said it seized more than $ 30 million in counterfeit designer products bearing the names of brands like Gucci, Chanel and Louis Vuitton that had been shipped from China.
CBP officers assigned to the Los Angeles / Long Beach seaport discovered more than 13,500 handbags, tote bags, shoulder bags, backpacks, pants and shirts.
CBP, in conjunction with US Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), seized the cargo on November 9.
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If genuine, the items would be worth around $ 30.4 million, CBP said in a press release.
According to the agency, e-commerce has allowed criminals to sell counterfeit products by hiding behind seemingly legitimate listings on well-known websites.
“Bad actors exploit e-commerce operations by selling counterfeit and dangerous products on online platforms, especially during the holiday season when shoppers are looking for deals,” said Donald R. Kusser, Port Manager of Los Angeles / Long Beach Seaport, in a statement. declaration.
“If the price of the product sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Counterfeit products are often of poor quality and can even be dangerous for you and your family.
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Last week, CBP agents at Washington Dulles International Airport seized nearly 4,000 glass bongs that had been shipped from China.