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Counterfeit high-end handbags seized at Miami Seaport

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Three of the many counterfeit purses seized by CBP at Miami Seaport on July 15.
Three of the many counterfeit purses seized by CBP at Miami Seaport on July 15. Courtesy of Customs and Border Protection

More than 10,000 high-end counterfeit handbags have been seized by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the Miami Seaport.

According to Customs officials, they found 10,788 counterfeit Gucci and Coach purses in a shipment from China on July 15.

Had the goods been genuine, the designer handbags would have an estimated Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $4,904,160.

CBP officers suspected the handbags were fake because they didn’t appear to be made of the “quality consistent with the products normally authorized and manufactured by the trademark holders,” according to a CBP statement.

“Our CBP officers consistently demonstrate their exceptional skills at identifying counterfeit goods and work well with CBP import specialists to protect consumers and ensure these products do not enter the commerce of the United States,” said Miami Seaport Port Director Diane Sabatino.

China and Hong Kong were the top source countries for counterfeit goods seized by CBP in 2014.

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