U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers at the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport complex seized thousands of counterfeit Hermes belts, with the goods’ estimated retail value at $3.23 million.
The seizure of the belts, which came from China, occurred last month but was reported by the CBP today.
The belts—a total of 3,960—carried the Hermes trademark on the boxes they were in, the back of the belts themselves and was engraved on the belt buckle’s backside.
More and more fakes, the CBP reports, are being passed off as real with improvements in tactics to deceive people.
“Counterfeit products are increasingly of a higher quality, making consumers easily deceived by fakes that look and feel real,” said Carlos Martel, CBP port director of the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport complex.
Seizures of confiscated goods last year totaled $1.22 billion, with the majority of the products coming from China, Hong Kong, Canada, India and United Arab Emirates.