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Smugglers Stuff 806 Luxury Ripoffs Into 21 Counterfeit Suitcases

Rivet’s 2021 winter issue has dropped! This in-depth issue examines the steps the global denim industry is taking to minimize its impact on the environment, from implementing zero waste production and design processes to establishing greenhouse gas emissions goals aligned with the Paris Agreement.

Shipments with a voluminous amount of counterfeit consumer goods are usually transported in maritime cargo, so Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers were surprised to encounter two women who recently arrived at Washington Dulles International Airport from Qatar with 806 counterfeit items packed into 21 checked suitcases. The 806 items, which included fake designer brand…

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