WASHINGTON — U.S. authorities said Thursday they have seized more than $1 million in counterfeit designer handbags at the Miami Seaport, making it one of the largest busts there this year.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers snagged more than 2,300 bogus Gucci and Louis Vuitton handbags that arrived at the port in a shipment from China on Aug. 19.
Among 825 cartons of clothes, shoes, trousers and handbags, Customs officials discovered 20 cartons that had not been declared on any of the import documentation, the agency said. A subsequent intellectual property rights review of the 20 cartons turned up 1,200 fake Gucci handbags and 1,195 counterfeit Louis Vuitton handbags.
“This seizure is a perfect example of our CBP officers and import specialists’ commitment to preventing counterfeit goods from entering the commerce of the United States,” said Acting Miami Seaport director Kenneth Haefner.
Federal officials seized a total of $342 million worth of fake handbags and wallets in fiscal year 2014.
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 CBP and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
Last year, CBP made more than 23,000 seizures of counterfeit goods worth an estimated $1.2 billion.