Counterfeit Items Worth $30 Million Seized at California Ports

The US Customs and Border Protection reports that last month their officers working in conjunction with other forces have seized counterfeit products worth $30 million at the Los Angeles Seaport. The report highlighting the capture was released to warn the consumers about the influx of fake merchandise in the market during the current holiday shopping season.

Working in close coordination with the Import Specialists from Consumer Products and Mass Merchandising (CPMM) Center of Excellence and Expertise, the CBP officers intercepted around 13,500 fake designer products arriving from China in container shipments. The fake items intercepted included shoulder bags, shirts, backpacks, crossbody bags, and handbags having big trademarks such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Chanel, YSL, etc. The CBP reports that seized items would have genuine brand value of $30,437,775. CBP said that these fake products find their way into the market through underground outlets and illegitimate websites. The e-commerce boom has made it easy for criminals to list their counterfeit items on well-known online marketplaces and appear legitimate.

Donald Kusser, Port Director of Los Angeles/ Long Beach Seaport said that bad actors exploit the e-commerce channels during the festival seasons when consumers are looking for lucrative deals. CBP is taking efforts to disrupt this supply chain of counterfeit items. CBP reported that in 2020, their officers seized a total of 26,503 shipments across the nation worth $1.3 billion of genuine brand value.

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