$6 million worth of counterfeit jewelry seized at MIA

CBP officers collect 720 pieces of imitation Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry

(Courtesy: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

MIAMI – U.S. Customs and Border Protections officers seized 720 pieces of counterfeit Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry at Miami International Airport on June 16.

The jewelry has a manufacturer's suggest retail price of more than $6 million.

CBP officers said they selected the shipment for inspection and immediately noticed that the merchandise was imitation jewelry that "bore a false, non-genuine copyright clearly piratical to the federally recorded copyright."

"The result of this seizure is another perfect example of the exceptionally skillful CBP officers and CBP import specialists at our ports of entry," said Miami International Airport Port Director Christopher Maston. "When property rights are violated, American jobs are lost, business profits are stolen and consumers are put at risk from poor quality or unsafe products."

The CBP reports that officers seized about $3.4 million worth of counterfeit goods around the country each day in 2014.

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