NORFOLK, Virginia. – US Customs and Border Protection officials said they seized counterfeit designer shawls and dresses worth more than $2 million at the Port of Norfolk due to trademark violations.
CBP said a shipment destined for Ohio was detained in April and prompted a review. A total of 1,120 pieces of clothing were seized, including women’s jumpsuits.
The items were falsely branded as Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Apple. A CBP trade specialist said the counterfeit garments, if real, had a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) value of $2,372,490.00.
“CBP is responsible for enforcing trade laws, and we continue to devote substantial resources to target, intercept, detain, seize and confiscate cargo shipments that violate these laws,” said Regional Port Manager Mark J Laria. from the CBP, said in a press release.
The agency’s data shows that handbags, wallets, clothing, shoes, watches, jewelry and consumer electronics are at higher risk of being counterfeited.
They advised consumers against buying shoddy products from third-party sellers online saying it is “unsafe and exposes buyers to safety risks”.
CBP has these tips for consumers:
- Buy products directly from the brand owner or from authorized retailers.
- When shopping online, read seller reviews and look for a working US phone number and address that can be used to contact the seller.
- Review CBPs E-Commerce Counterfeit Awareness Guide for Consumers.
- Remember that if a product’s price seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Consumers can report counterfeit products to CBP online e-Allegations portal or call 1-800-BE-ALERT.
This story was reported from Los Angeles.