MIAMI (AP) – Thousands of counterfeit designer handbags have been uncovered by federal officers in a shipping container at Miami’s seaport.
Customs and Border Protection officials say a recent review confirmed there were 1,200 fake Gucci handbags and 1,195 Louis Vuitton handbags in the container. The bags were initially seized Aug. 19 in a shipment from China.
Authorities say the handbags are worth more than $1 million if sold as legitimate.
Investigators began examining cartons containing the handbags after noting that they were not declared on any import documents. The shipment included 825 other cartons of clothes, shoes and similar apparel.
Last year CBP seized more than 23,000 counterfeit items nationally worth about $1.2 billion.