The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said on Dec. 2 that it had seized counterfeit designer products worth more than 30 million U.S. Dollars.
The goods purported themselves of those luxury brands like Gucci, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton. The CBP said all sourced from a Chinese shipment in a news release on Dec 2.
CBP officials stationed at the Port of Long Beach, Los Angeles, found the shipment contained more than 13,500 pieces. They included handbags, shoulder bags, backpacks, pants, and shirts.
Long Beach Harbor director Donald R. Kusser said the illegal vendors often use e-commerce platforms to link to seemingly legitimate websites to sell their counterfeit products.
“Bad actors exploit e-commerce operations by selling counterfeit and unsafe goods through online platforms, particularly during the holiday season when shoppers are looking for deals,” said Kusser.
The counterfeit products are not too akin to authentic ones. The customs officer said they are visually distinguishable from the poor quality and sloppy details, such as uneven stitching lines.
But as the CBP noted, exchanging fake commodities “threatens America’s innovation economy, the competitiveness of businesses, and, in some cases, national security and the health and safety of consumers.”
The agency reminds shoppers to buy products directly from the trademark owner or authorized retailer to ensure that consumers do not accidentally purchase counterfeit products.
It urged buyers to be aware of sellers whose address and contact phone are not from the U.S.
Last year, CBP seized 26,000 counterfeit shipments nationwide. If these goods are authentic, they are estimated to be worth close to 1.3 billion U.S. Dollars.
According to customs inspectors, 90% of counterfeit goods originated from China.
Last week, CBP officials confiscated nearly 4,000 glass bongs from China at Washington Dulles International Airport.