Customs Officials Seized Counterfeit Bags, Belts & Wallets

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PORT OF NEWARK/NEW YORK – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers at the Port of New York/New Jersey selected for inspection a shipment of imported merchandise declared on entry documents, as “plastics” on Oct. 11.

Upon examination, CBP Officers and Import Specialists determined that the imported merchandise was actually 537 cartons of handbags, belts, and wallets bearing counterfeit Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Michael Kors trademarks in violation of 19 U.S.C. §1526.

“These interceptions are indicative of the exceptional skill level and superior commodity expertise of our CBP Officers and Import Specialists at the Port of New York/New Jersey,” said Robert E. Perez, director of field operations New York. “Preventing the entry of counterfeit items is crucial to protecting consumers as well as the economy of the United States.”

The manufacturer’s suggested retail price of the bags, belts, and wallets, if genuine, was estimated to be more than $20 million


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