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Feds Bust Huge Shipment of Knockoff Luxe Bags At NY/NJ port, Worth $20M in Stores

Feds bagged a multi-million-dollar shipment of imported, knockoff accessories in New Jersey, authorities announced today.

US Customs and Border Protection agents uncovered the shipment of contraband at the Port of New York/New Jersey in Elizabeth, NJ, on Oct. 11, officials said.

Agents uncovered 537 cartons of handbags, belts and wallets that had phony trademarked labels of Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Michael Kors, according to feds.

The imported merchandise was simply listed as “plastics” on shipping documents.

If the goods were real, their retail value would have been about $20 million, though authorities declined to make a knockoff street value estimate.

“These interceptions are indicative of the exceptional skill level and superior commodity expertise of our CBP Officers and Import Specialists at the Port of New York/New Jersey,” said Robert Perez, New York director of field operations for Customs and Border Protection.

“Preventing the entry of counterfeit items is crucial to protecting consumers as well as the economy of the United States.”

Source: NY Post

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