NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Counterfeit designer apparel worth more than $2 million was seized at the Port of Norfolk in April.
According to US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials at the port, designer dresses and shawls were confiscated due to trademark violations.
The cargo was en route to Ohio when it was held up in port. Authorities say a total of 1,120 pieces of clothing were breached Intellectual property rights (IPR) brands Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Apple. If they were real, their Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) would have been $2,372,490.00.
Counterfeit versions of popular brands are regularly sold in online markets and flea markets; most of them are handbags, wallets, clothes, shoes, watches, jewelry and electronic devices.
Here’s how to protect yourself and your family from counterfeit products:
- 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, if a product’s price seems too good to be true, it probably is.
- Play it safe and buy mom the real deal for her special day!
To report suspected counterfeits, visit CBP online e-Allegations portal or call 1-800-BE-ALERT.