Fake Clothes Seizures by US Customs in FY2012

in Counterfeit Goods

The United States Customs and Border Protection released their annual seizure statistics of counterfeit items for Fiscal Year 2012.

7,800 replica clothing items with a retail value of $133 Million was seized in 2012, down from the 8,094 fake items worth $142.3 Million in 2011.

$511 Million worth for replica handbags and wallets, $186.9 Million worth of replica watches and jewelry, and $103 Million worth of replica shoes were also seized by US Customs during the fiscal year.

Law enforcement agencies also took down 697 websites that were facilitating the sale of counterfeit goods online.

Source:  Sarah Karmali, “Number Of Counterfeit Fashion Seizures Down,” Vogue, January 21, 2013.

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