MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Agents with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Miami International Airport have been busy lately taking more than $86 million worth of counterfeit and pirated merchandise into custody.
Over the past six months, CBP officials have intercepted 505 shipments of counterfeit and pirated merchandise with an estimated manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $86,939,519 over the past six months.
Some of those items included fake Louis Vuitton purses and jewelry, Chanel purses, Bulgari watches, Beats by Dr. Dre ear buds and tablets.
“One of CBP’s priorities is protecting the United States and consumers from the economic devastation associated with the trafficking of counterfeit goods,” said Roland Suliveras, CBP Port Director, at Miami International Airport.
CBP is the federal agency responsible for border protection and seizes products that infringe upon trademarks, trade names and copyrights.
By interdicting these fake goods, CBP aggressively protects unsuspecting American consumers and private industry from infringing substandard or potentially dangerous products.
This serious crime not only funds criminal activity but undermines America’s economic competitiveness, the health and safety of consumers, and our national security.