US Customs and Border Protection says it has seized more than $30 million in counterfeit designer products It bears the names of brands such as Gucci, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton from which they were shipped China.
Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Los Angeles / Long Beach Seaport discovered more than 13,500 handbags, tote bags, shoulder bags, backpacks, pants and shirts.
Customs and Border Protection, which works with the US Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), seized the shipment on November 9. Import specialists from the Center of Excellence and Expertise for Consumer Products and Mass Marketing (CPMM) assisted CBP in the investigation.
CBP said in a press release.
According to the agency, e-commerce allowed criminals to sell counterfeit products by hiding behind seemingly legitimate listings on well-known websites.
“Bad actors are taking advantage of e-commerce operations by selling counterfeit and unsafe merchandise via online platforms, particularly during the holiday season when shoppers are looking for deals,” said Donald R. Koser, Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach Port Manager. statment.
“If the price of a product sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Fake goods are often of poor quality and may be unsafe for you and your family.”
Last week, Customs and Border Protection officers at Washington Dulles International Airport took over Nearly 4,000 glass trumpets were shipped from China.