U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) Officers seized over $1 million in counterfeit designer bags at the Port of Miami on August 19. As one of the largest seaports in the United States, many counterfeiters attempt to use the Miami’s navigable waters to bring fake goods into the Magic City. This particular shipment was sent from China. The haul is said to be one of the biggest by value this year.
Of the 2300 fake bags confiscated, 1200 were Gucci and 1195 were Louis Vuitton counterfeits. The bags were hidden among 825 cartons containing other clothing items, including trousers shoes, and handbags. CBP officers conducted an examination on the cargo and observed that 20 cartons were not declared on any of the import documentation. This prompted CBP officers to submit the handbags to CBP import specialists for an Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) review.
Earlier this summer, CBP Officers at Miami International Airport seized $6 million dollars worth of fake Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry.
“This seizure is a perfect example of our CBP officers and import specialists’ commitment to preventing counterfeit goods from entering the commerce of the United States,” said Acting Miami Seaport Director Kenneth Haefner.
In 2014, CBP made more than 23,000 seizures of counterfeit goods worth an estimated $1.2 billion MSRP.