WASHINGTON-U.S. — Customs and Border Protection officials said Friday they seized over 200 counterfeit handbags, bearing bogus labels from such luxury brands as Prada, Christian Dior and Michael Kors, as well as other items at the Houston/Galveston seaport.
The $500,000 seizure also included nearly 50 boxes of counterfeit plastic children’s building blocks bearing the Lego brand.
“Intercepting counterfeit goods protects the trademark holder, the unsuspecting consumer, and strengthens the U.S. economy,” said Dave Fluty, port director of the Houston CBP area. “Import safety and protecting intellectual property rights are priority trade issues. We will take every opportunity to intercept counterfeit goods entering through this port.”
Customs officials said the shipment that was intercepted originated in China and was manifested as a container of bags, plastic toys and jewelry.
U.S. officials seized $700 mllion in counterfeit handbags and wallets in 2013, up from $500 million in goods in 2012.