The release goes on to detail the number and type of counterfeit items that were seized, with the largest amount listed as 1,242 counterfeit Gucci belts. According to the CBP, other fake merchandise included: “678 pairs of counterfeit Nike shoes, 531 counterfeit Louis Vuitton handbags, 500 counterfeit
The air cargo shipment came in from Hong Kong, the CBP stated. “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,” said Donald R. Kusser, CBP Port Director at LAX. “In addition, buyers get a substandard low-quality product, containing unknown chemicals and likely produced under inhumane conditions.”
In 2018, the CBP seized 33,810 shipments of counterfeits, estimated to be worth about $1.4 billion USD at the manufacturer’s suggested retail price. Apparel and accessories represented the highest number of items seized at 18%, led by watches and jewelry (valued at approximately $618 million USD) and followed by handbags and wallets (valued at approx. $226 million USD).