$14 Million in Fake Hermes Handbags Seized
LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — Authorities at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have seized more than 1,500 high-end fake Hermes handbags.
If genuine, the seized handbags had an estimated manufacturer’s suggested retail price of over $14 million.
The merchandise arrived from China in two shipments, seized by Customs and Border Patrol officers on Feb. 12 and 26.
The estimated domestic value of the shipments is $18,414, according to authorities.
Approximately $1.26 billion worth of counterfeit goods originating overseas were seized in 2012, customs officials say.
China, Hong Kong, Singapore, India and Taiwan are the top five countries of origination for the counterfeit goods.
Nationwide, handbags and wallets accounted for the greatest number counterfeit items, with the value of seizures up 142% compared to 2011.