In early January, U.S. Customs seized almost $55,000 dollars in counterfeit Air Jordans after officers at Dulles International Airport suspected the shoes to be fakes. The shoes arrived as air cargo from China and seemed to mimic various models of the popular Nike shoe.
After verifying the sneakers as counterfeits by checking with the trademark holder, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection collected the shipment of 400 pairs of sneakers. If authentic, the shoes would retail for well over $100 dollars each.
“Customs and Border Protection will continue to work closely with our trade and consumer safety partners to seize counterfeit and inferior merchandise,” said Daniel Mattina, CBP Acting Port Director for the Area Port of Washington, D.C.
Mattina continued on to explain that the CBP will give special focus to, “… those products that pose potential harm to American consumers, negatively impact legitimate business brand reputations, and potentially steal jobs from U.S. workers.”
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