US Customs and Border Protection officials recently seized 18 counterfeit designer brand watches at Dulles Airport.
According to the report, a traveler from Harrisburg, PA, arrived in Dulles on March 20 on a flight from Dubai, United Arab Emirates. During a baggage check, CBP officers inspected a plastic bag from a suitcase and discovered watches, a Louis Vuitton handbag and Ray-Ban sunglasses. The watches bore the names of 10 designer brands, including Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, Cartier and Rolex. Officers suspected the products were counterfeit and held them for further investigation while releasing the traveler.
Officials then worked with the Consumer and Bulk Goods Center of Excellence and Expertise, which confirmed the items infringed intellectual property rights. Officials secured the products on Tuesday.
CBP import specialists valued the counterfeit watches, Louis Vuitton wallet and pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses at more than $254,000 if they were genuine. All products were made in China and shipped to a distributor in Pakistan where the traveler bought them.
“Counterfeit consumer products violate US intellectual property laws, steal revenue from brand owners, can potentially harm US consumers, and should never be packed in your luggage when going through Customs and Border Protection arrivals,” Daniel explained Escobedo, CBP’s Area Port Director for the Area Port of Washington, DC “Customs and Border Protection remains committed to protecting US businesses and consumers by intercepting counterfeit and potentially harmful goods that help fund transnational criminal groups. ”
In fiscal 2021, CBP reported 20,252 seized counterfeit goods valued at an estimated manufacturer’s suggested retail price of over $2.15 billion if the goods were genuine. That equates to approximately $5.88 million in counterfeit goods seized per day.
Read the CBP Intellectual Property Seizure report for more IPR statistics and analysis for fiscal year 2020.