LOS ANGELES (CBS) —U.S. Customs and Border Protection specialists have seized more than 47,000 counterfeit pieces of designer clothing at the Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport, authorities said Wednesday.
The items were confiscated over a series of three international shipments from March through April of 2011, officials said in a press release.
The first shipment was seized on March 17 and contained 27,528 pieces of counterfeit Polo, Gucci, Coogi and Dior items, authorities said. Customs officials then intercepted 16,512 knit dresses that were in violation of Gucci and Polo trademarks on April 11.
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The last shipment of fake goods was confiscated on May 11. Customs officials say that shipment contained 3,144 pairs of phony Chanel ladies and girls woven pants.
“These three interceptions are indicative of the exceptional skill level and superior commodity expertise of our CBP officers and import specialists at Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport. Preventing the entry of counterfeit items is crucial to protecting consumers as well as the economy of the United States,” said CBP Acting Director of Los Angeles Field Operations Carlos Martel.
The combined retail price of the three shipments totaled $14.3 million.