Dealing in counterfeit alternatives to luxury goods in an offense, even though first copies of high-end brands are often sold like wild-fire across countries. However, in deterring such trade, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported a seizure of 5,300 counterfeit goods at LAX yesterday, which totaled to about $3,475,000 USD at their genuine retail value combined.
The fake merchandise seized included: 678 pairs of counterfeit Nike shoes, 531 counterfeit Louis Vuitton handbags, 500 counterfeit Samsung adaptors, 502 counterfeit Gucci fanny packs, 230 counterfeit Hermes handbags, 192 counterfeit Casio Shock watches, 144 counterfeit Ferragamo belts, 100 counterfeit Versace belts, and 119 counterfeit Fendi shorts, with the biggest loot of them all being 1,242 counterfeit Gucci belts. The air cargo shipment came in from Hong Kong and was purported to be sold across the U.S.
Commenting on the seizure, Donald R. Kusser, CBP Port Director at LAX in a statement said, “The American public should be aware that buying a counterfeit product is a lose-lose proposition because the money they paid often funds criminal enterprises,” He further added, “In addition, buyers get a substandard low-quality product, containing unknown chemicals and likely produced under inhumane conditions.”
In lauding the effort of the custom officials, Carlos C. Martel, CBP director of field operations in Los Angeles further stated, “CBP protects businesses and consumers every day through an aggressive intellectual property rights enforcement program,” He further added, “These seizures demonstrate the high level of skill and vigilance of our officers and import specialists.” Well, say no to counterfeits is all we have to say at the end!