The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Louisville have intercepted a shipment, arriving from Hong Kong, manifested as a jewelry set containing more than 1,200 pieces of necklace.
The CBP officers in Louisville intercepted the shipment and inspected the parcel to determine the admissibility of its contents in accordance with CBP regulations.
Following the inspection, an import specialist reported that the shipment contained 1,216 pieces of counterfeit designer jewelry worth $707,160.
The Port Director-Louisville, Thomas Mahn reportedly said that “counterfeiters are focused on making a profit, no matter what the cost may be to consumers. Counterfeits damage the U.S. economy and promote other types of crimes while strengthening organized crime and terrorist groups.”
CBP reportedly said that every year millions of counterfeit goods including fake versions of popular products, such as smartphones and related accessories, electronics, apparel, shoes, cosmetics, and high-end luxury goods, as well as goods posing significant health and safety concerns, such as counterfeit pharmaceuticals, bicycle and motorcycle helmets, medical devices, supplements and other consumables were seized from countries around the world as part of its mission to protect U.S. businesses and consumers.
CBP reportedly said that these counterfeit goods have caused lots of damages to the U.S. economy, cost Americans their jobs, threaten consumer health and safety, and fund criminal activity.