Counterfeit apparel and electronics worth over $1M seized in Chicago

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A freight inspection by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Chicago led to a seizure worth $1.16 million.

The shipment arrived in Chicago on July 28 and was inspected by CBP officers. Inside officers found these counterfeit items: 555 Nike and Air Jordan shoes; 462 Louis Vuitton handbags, totes, wallets and backpacks; 165 Gucci handbags, totes and wallets; 4 Rimowa suitcases; 13 Beats headphones; 10 Apple Airpods headphones, and 1,000 CDs bearing the Microsoft logo containing protected Microsoft software.

When requested, the importer failed to produce licensing for the trademarked products.Based on poor manufacturing and packaging quality and the lack of licenses the freight was deemed counterfeit and seized. The shipment arrived from Hong Kong and was heading for Dallas, Texas.

“CBP officers play a critical role in the US efforts to keep unsafe counterfeit and pirated goods from harming the American public,” said Shane Campbell, area port director – Chicago.  “This is yet another dramatic example of how CBP officers work every day to protect the American consumer, the US economy and US jobs.”

CBP routinely conducts inspection operations on arriving and departing international flights and intercepts narcotics, weapons, currency, prohibited agriculture products, counterfeit goods, and other illicit items at 328 international ports of entry.