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Feds Nab $3.7 Million in Counterfeit Designer Goods, Including Gucci Fakes

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Louisville, Ky., intercepted almost $4 million worth of various counterfeit designer brand goods, including fake Gucci items, last week.

From Sept. 8-10, CBP intercepted multiple shipments that included counterfeit watches, purses, handbags, footwear and clothing. If these items were real, the manufacturer’s suggested retail price for these items totaled in excess of $3.7 million.

“CBP Officers in Louisville are committed to protecting the American consumer, the economy and the facilitation of legitimate business,” chief CBP officer Brian Lick said. “The sad reality is that counterfeiting is linked to and funds larger, more heinous crimes such as terrorism, human trafficking and child labor.”

On Aug. 31, CBP officers seized 2,000 counterfeit Apple Airpod earbuds from Hong Kong destined for Nevada at an air cargo facility located at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. If the merchandise were genuine, the MSRP would have been $398,000.

CBP conducts operations at ports of entry throughout the country and regularly screens arriving international passengers and cargo for narcotics, weapons and other restricted or prohibited products. Nationwide in fiscal year 2019, CBP seized 27,599 shipments containing goods that violated intellectual property rights. The total estimated MSRP of the seized goods, had they been genuine, increased to nearly $1.5 billion from over $1.4 billion in fiscal year 2018.

Watches and jewelry topped the list for number of total seizures with 4,242, representing 15 percent of all seizures. Watches and jewelry remained at the top of the list of products seized by total MSRP value with seizures valued at over $687 million, representing 44 percent of the total value of seizures.

Apparel and accessories placed second by MSRP value, with seizures estimated to be valued at more than $226 million.