U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) import specialists and officers in Los Angeles recently seized 47,184 pieces of clothing in violation of Chanel, Polo, Gucci, Coogi and Dior trademarks. The counterfeit goods were discovered in three shipments arriving from China.
On May 11, CBP officers seized a shipment containing 3,144 pairs of counterfeit Chanel ladies and girls woven pants. On April 11, CBP officers confiscated 16,512 knit dresses in violation of the Gucci and Polo trademark. Previously, CBP officers seized 427,528 pieces of counterfeit Polo, Gucci, Coogi and Dior.
The combined manufacturer’s suggested retail price for all three shipments is $14.3 million, with a combined domestic value of approximately $173,000.
“These three interceptions are indicative of the exceptional skill level and superior commodity expertise of our CBP officers and import specialists,” said CBP acting director of Los Angeles Field Operations, Carlos Martel. “Preventing the entry of counterfeit items is crucial to protecting consumers as well as the economy of the United States.”
CBP’s strategic approach to intellectual property rights enforcement is multi-layered and includes seizing fake goods at the borders, auditing importers and partnering with industry and other government agencies to stop the goods from being shipped to the United States.