WASHINGTON — U.S. Customs officials said Friday they have seized 10,788 counterfeit Gucci and Coach handbags in Miami, with an estimated retail value of $4.9 million. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said officers seized the handbags at the Miami Seaport.
In a separate bust revealed Friday, authorities seized more than 860 counterfeit Ray-Ban sunglasses in Tampa, Fla., with an approximate retail value of $123,455. Authorities said the sunglasses were shipped to the U.S. from China.
“Intellectual property rights are invaluable to innovation, investment and economic development,” said Acting Tampa Area Port Director Paula Rivera. “Our CBP officers and import specialists are committed to preventing counterfeit goods from entering the commerce of the United States.”
China and Hong Kong were the top source countries for counterfeit goods seized by CBP in fiscal year 2014, based on intellectual property rights seizures by both CBP and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
Customs officials said they seize $3.4 million in counterfeit goods on a typical day around the country. Last year, CBP made more than 23,000 seizures of counterfeit goods worth an estimated $1.2 billion.