Customs Seizes $3.4 million in Counterfeit Goods at LAX

by Megan Hill

Sep 9, 2019

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United States Customs and Border Protection agents seized $3.4 million worth of counterfeit Gucci belts, Hermès handbags and Fendi shorts at Los Angeles International Airport last month. The shipment was flown to the United States from Hong Kong. The value is based on an estimate if the products were real.

Among the confiscated items were 1,242 Gucci belts, 678 pairs of Nike shoes, 531 Louis Vuitton handbags, 500 Samsung adapters, 502 Gucci fanny packs, 230 Hermès handbags, 192 Casio Shock watches, 144 Ferragamo belts, 100 Versace belts and 119 Fendi shorts.

“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,” Customs and Border Protection’s Donald R. Kusser said in a statement. “In addition, buyers get a substandard low-quality product, containing unknown chemicals and likely produced under inhumane conditions.”

Last year, Customs and Border Protection agency said it seized 33,810 shipments of items that violated intellectual property rights with an approximate value of $1.4 billion. The highest value seizures have been jewelry and watches, which account for around 44 percent of all confiscated items.

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