U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents seized a shipment at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) May 19th containing sunglasses with counterfeit trademarks having an estimated manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $1.8 million and a domestic value of $234,795, authorities said.
The air shipment seized by Customs and Border Protection import specialists contained 8,620 sunglasses. The sunglasses arrived from China and contained counterfeit Ed Hardy, Chanel, Prada, Ray-Ban, Dolce and Gabbana trademarks, as well as 15,372 fake Lacoste Alligator sunglass ornaments, a customs spokeswoman said.
Customs and Border Protection officials said officers and import specialists are aggressively working together to intercept shipments containing counterfeit and pirated items.
“CBP is charged with enforcing trade laws and we continue to devote substantial resources to target, intercept, detain, seize and forfeit shipments of goods that violate these laws,” said Kevin Weeks, CBP director of Field Operations, Los Angeles.
Import specialists are trained to target and examine shipments which are suspected of violating trademark and copyrights laws. They are also trained in product identification and trademark verification.
Customs and Border Protection officials note that fake products are not manufactured to same quality standards as genuine products. Counterfeit sunglasses may not be impact resistant, may cause injury by shatter- ing, and may fail to provide UV protection, customs officials said.