U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Louisville, Kentucky are seeing overnight deliveries of counterfeit jewelry from places known to produce counterfeits. On August 17, CBP Louisville seized a shipment of jewelry considered counterfeit by CBP Centers of Excellence and Expertisethe agency’s business experts.
Based on intelligence gathering and past shipments, CBP officers inspected the shipment and found 200 Louis Vuitton hoops, 190 Chanel hoops, 282 Dior hoops, 300 Yves Saint Laurent hoops, 1,284 Louis Vuitton diamond, 1,680 Gucci diamond earrings and 1,716 Chanel diamond earrings. The earrings, from Hong Kong, would have been worth a total of $3.51 million had they been genuine.
“It just shows how criminals are using express consignment facilities to ship their items to unsuspecting consumers, which is hurting our economy,” said LaFonda D. Sutton-Burke, director of field operations at the field office. Chicago. “I would like to congratulate our agents for their remarkable work. CBP is the first line of defense and we will continue to protect consumer safety. »
The rapid growth of e-commerce makes it easy for consumers to search and purchase millions of products through online sellers, but this easy access provides counterfeit and pirated products with more ways to enter the US economy. American consumers spend more than 100 billion dollars every year on goods infringing intellectual property rights (IPR), victims of approximately 20% of counterfeits sold illegally in the world.
Intellectual property is a vital part of the US economy, and Thomas Mahn, Director of the Port of Louisville, emphasized the necessary role CBP plays in protecting the economy and consumer safety and health.
“Legitimate trade strengthens our economy,” Mahn said, “but counterfeit and pirated goods threaten American jobs and innovation. Protecting intellectual property rights remains a priority trade issue for CBP, and our officers are committed American consumers and our economic security.
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