WASHINGTON — U.S. Customs & Border Protection officials announced Thursday evening they had seized 13,200 counterfeit Givenchy and Giorgio Armani sunglasses valued at $2.5 million at the port of Los Angeles/Long Beach.


Customs officials made the seizure on Feb.2 and found the bogus sunglasses in a shipment arriving from China.


“CBP enforces trade laws and continues to devote substantial resources to target and seize commodities that violate these laws,” said Carlos Martel, CBP acting director of Los Angeles field operations.


Martel said there are various dangers associated with fake sunglasses, including that they may not be impact resistant, may cause injury by shattering and may fail to provide UV protection.


In fiscal year 2009, Customs made 14,841 counterfeit seizures with a domestic value of $260.7 million at ports in the U.S.

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