In less than 24 hours, CBP officers in Louisville intercept $3.65 million worth of counterfeit brand name clothing and unapproved drugs

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LOUISVILLE, Ky— Within 24 hours, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Louisville seized a myriad of items: counterfeit driver’s licenses, counterfeit Apple Air pods and watches, and brand name watches. counterfeit. However, three shipments of designer clothes and drugs worth $3.65 million contained the most items in each shipment.

Violations of intellectual property rights are big business.
CBP officers in Louisville arrest these counterfeits
before they reach the distributor who will seek to make
easy money by selling these cheap reproductions to a
increased value.

On May 17, officers inspected a shipment from Hong Kong that was heading to a residence in Suwanee, Georgia. Inside, officers found more than 5,000 pairs of counterfeit Chanel earrings. An import specialist determined that the earrings were counterfeit. The 5052 earrings had a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $2.27 million, if authentic.

Later that night, officers were inspecting a shipment from the UK and heading to a residence in Las Vegas, Nevada. Officers inspected the shipment and found 1,000 sildenafil blister packs along with clothing and Cheetos. Sildenafil has an MSRP of over $309,000.

Early the next morning, officers were still inspecting shipments and targeted a shipment from Hong Kong. The package supposedly contained a child’s bag. When officers inspected the shipment, they found over 150 counterfeit Chanel handbags. An import specialist also determined that they were counterfeits. The 156 handbags had an MSRP of $1.07 million, had they been real. These fakes were headed for a residence in Sands Point, New York.

“Our agents and import specialists have done an excellent job targeting shipments and identifying counterfeit items,” said LaFonda D. Sutton-Burke, Director, Field Operations-Chicago Field Office. “CBP protects businesses and consumers every day through an aggressive intellectual property rights enforcement program.”

The rapid growth of e-commerce makes it easy for consumers to search and buy millions of products through online sellers, but this easy access provides counterfeit and pirated products with more ways to enter the US economy. American consumers spend more than $100 billion each year on intellectual property rights (IPR) infringing goods, accounting for approximately 20% of counterfeits sold illegally worldwide.

“Counterfeit and pirated goods pose a grave danger to the economic vitality, national security, and public safety of the United States,” said Louisville Port Director Thomas Mahn. “Our officers understand their critical role in protecting the United States not only from terrorist threats and narcotics smuggling, but also in protecting American consumers and businesses from counterfeit products that harm our economy.”

CBP routinely conducts inspection operations on arriving and departing international flights and intercepts narcotics, weapons, currency, prohibited agricultural products, counterfeit goods, and other illicit items at all 328 checkpoints. international entry to our country.

In a typical day in 2021, CBP officers seized $9 million worth of products that violate intellectual property rights. Learn more about what CBP did on “A Typical Day” in 2021.

CBP’s border security mission is led at ports of entry by CBP officers from the Office of Field Operations. Please visit CBP’s Ports of Entry to learn more about how CBP’s Office of Field Operations secures our nation’s borders. Learn more about CBP at www.CBP.gov

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