Border authorities seize counterfeit designer clothes worth more than $2M

CBP seized more than $2 million worth of counterfeit designer clothes. (Credit: CBP)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers said they seized counterfeit designer shawls and dresses worth more than $2 million at the Port of Norfolk due to trademark violations. 

CBP said a shipment destined for Ohio was detained in April and prompted an examination. A total of 1,120 garments were seized including women’s slips. 

The items were falsely marked as Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Apple. A CBP trade specialist said the counterfeit clothing if real had a Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) value of $2,372,490.00.

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"CBP is charged with enforcing trade laws, and we continue to devote substantial resources to target, intercept, detain, seize and forfeit shipments of goods that violate these laws," Mark J Laria, CBP Area Port Director, said in a news release

Data from the agency shows that handbags, wallets, apparel, footwear, watches, jewelry, and consumer electronics are at higher risk of being counterfeited.

They advised consumers from purchasing low-quality goods from online-third party sellers saying that it’s "dangerous and puts buyers at risk of safety hazards."

CBP outlines these tips for consumers: 

  • Purchase goods directly from the trademark holder or from authorized retailers.
  • When shopping online, read seller reviews and check for a working U.S. phone number and an address that can be used to contact the seller.
  • Review CBP’s E-Commerce Counterfeit Awareness Guide for Consumers.
  • Remember that if the price of a product seems too good to be true, it probably is

Consumers can report counterfeit products to CBP’s online e-Allegations portal or call 1-800-BE-ALERT.

This story was reported from Los Angeles.