More than 47,000 counterfeit Cialis pills and 10,117 fake designer clothes and shoes – valued at over $ 12.7 million – were seized in the Los Angeles-Long Beach port area, reports said. managers Monday June 21.
The clothes were designed by Christian Dior, Versace, Gucci, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Nike Air and Swoosh and were part of a shipment from China, said Jaime Ruiz, spokesperson for US Customs and Protection. borders.
Transportation included handbags, shoes and sunglasses. The estimated value of the merchandise is based on manufacturers’ suggested retail prices, Ruiz said.
U.S. border protection officers and homeland security investigators seized the items and turned them over to the Los Angeles Police Department for further investigation, Ruiz said.
Other details, including when the seizure took place and how officials were made aware of the counterfeit items, were not disclosed. Neither was if any arrests were made.
“The trade in counterfeit and pirated products threatens the US economy with innovation, the competitiveness of businesses and, in some cases, national security and the health and safety of consumers,” Ruiz said in a statement.
Such counterfeit products are made available on websites and sold in underground outlets, he said, and consumers are tricked into thinking they are buying originals at discounted prices.
Authorities have recommended that consumers buy products directly from the brand owner or authorized dealers and read the seller’s reviews and consider that if the price seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Across the country in fiscal 2020, border patrol agents helped seize more than 26,500 shipments containing counterfeit goods with a total estimated value of $ 1.3 billion, Ruiz said.