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.
“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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