U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers and import specialists assigned to the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport complex have seized 475,056 bottles of imported perfume bearing counterfeit trademarks in the recent months leading up to Valentine’s Day.
If genuine, the seized perfumes had an estimated manufacturer’s suggested retail price of more than $31 million.
Since the beginning of Fiscal Year 2018, Oct. 1, 2017, to Jan. 31, 2018, CBP officials have intercepted 11 shipments containing counterfeit and confusingly similar fragrances in violation of the registered trademarks belonging to 34 top name brands.
Counterfeit brands included Giorgio Armani, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Chanel, Coach, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Guess, Hugo Boss, Lacoste, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Versace, Victoria Secret, and Perry Ellis among others.
“These interceptions attest to CBP officers and import specialists’ extraordinary vigilance and keen expertise in detecting, intercepting and seizing dangerous imports,” said Carlos C. Martel, CBP Director of Field Operations in Los Angeles. “The theft of intellectual property and trade in fake goods threaten America’s economic vitality and national security, and the American people’s health and safety.”
Trade in illegitimate goods, such as counterfeit perfume,is associated with smuggling and other criminal activities, and often funds criminal enterprises.
Nationwide, pharmaceuticals and personal care products comprised eight percent of the number of counterfeit seizures by CBP in fiscal year 2016. With an estimated manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $73 million, pharmaceuticals and personal care products represented 5 percent of the total goods seized.