US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents in Louisville seized five shipments containing counterfeit designer clothing worth more than $ 1.1 million.
As of midnight on September 23, customs officers in Louisville ended up seizing five shipments of bags, purses, shoes, wallets and other clothing.
One shipment contained 30 Louis Vuitton bags, four Dior bags and two Gucci bags. Another package had items from Chanel, Dior, and Balenciaga.
While the additional packages contained 200 YSL wallets, and another shipment had 366 Louis Vuitton bags. The final shipment was a box full of Louis Vuitton wallets.
All the items were evaluated by a customs import specialist who determined that they were counterfeit items.
These counterfeit products originated in Hong Kong or the United Arab Emirates and were destined for Houston, Texas; Los Angeles and Glendale, California; Dorado, Puerto Rico, and New York, New York.
If these items were real, your Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) would have been $ 1,131,095.
The protection of intellectual property rights (IPR) is a priority business issue for CBP.
In fiscal year (FY) 2019, CBP and its partner agency Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) seized 27,599 shipments containing IPR violations with an MSRP of more than $ 1.5 billion if the products had been genuine.
Watches and jewelry account for 15% of all IPR seizures and continue to top the list of all IPR materials seized.
US Customs has established an educational initiative to educate consumers about the consequences and dangers often associated with purchasing counterfeit and pirated products.