US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Louisville have seized watches that, had they been genuine, would have been worth over $5.2 million.
The first shipment seized on July 30 contained 2,411 counterfeit watches.
Had they been real, they would have been If these were real, the MSRP for these watches would have been over $4.46 million.
A second interception on July 31 was a parcel containing 10 counterfeit Rolex watches.
Had these items been genuine, they would have had a MSRP of $756,500
All these shipments originated from Hong Kong and were destined for Ontario, California, Jonesboro, Georgia, and Worcester, Massachusetts respectively.
All items were evaluated and determined to be counterfeit by an Import Specialist from CBP’s Center of Excellence and Expertise.
“These types of seizures happen every night. Our officers are very well trained and vigilant in stopping these illegal shipments from reaching their destinations,” said LaFonda Sutton-Burke, Director, Field Operations-Chicago Field Office.
“Whether it is Intellectual Property Right violations, narcotics, unapproved items or counterfeit products our officers will continue to protect our local communities and our ports of entry.”