Border patrol officers in Minneapolis have seized counterfeit designer handbags and wallets that would be worth more than $400,000 if they were legitimate.
Sent from Laos to St. Paul, the shipment was labeled as clothing but contained 173 handbags and wallets with logos for brands like Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Chanel worth $405,975.
Upon inspection, officers found that they were of poor quality with various inconsistencies, according to a news release from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Next, the shipment goes to Homeland Security for investigation.
“Our officers and import specialists have done an excellent job targeting shipments and identifying counterfeit items,” said Augustine Moore, a Minneapolis area port director, in the statement.“These types of violations negatively impact trademark holders and is dangerous to consumers, as well.”
Throughout the fiscal year 2020, CBP seized 26,503 shipments that violated intellectual property rights, with the counterfeit items representing goods worth a total of $1.3 billion.