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Thousands of fake Nike sneakers confiscated at Port of LA

This undated photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows an agent holding one of more than 14,800 pair of counterfeit Nike shoes, seized in a shipment arriving from China at the Los Angeles-Long Beach sports complex. The agency said Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019 that had the fake special edition and retro design shoes been real, the manufacturer's suggested retail prices would have totaled more than $2.2 million. The agency says the shoes violated trademarks for various versions of Nike's Air Jordan and Air Max shoes. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection via AP)

PortandTerminal.com, October 10, 2019

The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seized more than US$2 million worth of fake Nike shoes at the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport.

LOS ANGELES, CA – In a statement, the CBP said that it carried out a seizure in coordination with import specialists the Apparel, Footwear and Textiles Center of Excellence (AFT Center). In total, 14,806 pairs of Nike sneakers were seized, amounting to a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $2,247,680.

“These special edition Nike and retro designs are highly coveted by collectors and sport shoes enthusiasts. A legitimate pair can potentially sell for $1,500 and up to $2,000 online,” the CBP said in a statement. “Consumers shopping online are eventually likely to encounter fraudulent sellers.”

“Transnational criminal organizations continue to profit from American intellectual property by selling their counterfeit and piratical goods not only in the U.S. but around the world,” said Joseph Macias, special agent in charge at HIS Los Angeles, in a statement.

The shoes, a collection of Nike’s Air Jordan 1 Off-White, Air Jordan 12, Air Jordan 1, Air Jordan 11, Air Max ’97, were misdeclared as napkins in what the CBP described as “a clear attempt to disguise the illicit cargo”.

Counterfeit imports and knock-offs at large have been a significant challenge for U.S. brands — particular those in the sneaker space, where the lucrative resale market has been particularly enticing for would-be offenders.

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