CBP Louisville, Illinois seizes more than $900K in counterfeit watches.

Louisville Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers…

Louisville Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the UPS express consignment facility recently seized a shipment of counterfeit watches with a Manufacture’s Suggested Retail Price of $933,318. The shipment, imported from China, infringed upon the intellectual property rights of Armani, Cartier, Lacoste and Breitling corporations.

“This is an outstanding example of how we protect the American public from high priced sub standard counterfeit goods,” said David Murphy, Chicago CBP Director of Field Operations. “Consumers must have confidence in knowing that the products they purchase are legitimate, safe and supportive of the economy of the U.S. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.”

Source: CBP

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  • Scott

    I have also been to China and agree with Jeff. Most of the “knockoff” items are actually real product that were made with the same labor and materials authentic goods were made from. And it is just not watches. Golf Equipment, luggage, clothes, etc. Anything you would want. The other ironic piece to this is that the profit margins for those factory owners is often higher than if they sell to the companies they are contracting to.

  • Jeff

    The irony of these counterfeit stories being most of these types of counterfit products come from the same factories that produce the actual products. Chinese workers work for $.25/hr producing many of these an hour and after hours makes even just one a day end up earning more than they did from the factory. When I was in China I actually saw this on a bigger level where the contracted factories producing consumer good like this, the owners would run third shifts to produce the counterfeits.