US Customs and Border Protection has intercepted more than 9,000 of pairs of counterfeit Nike athletic shoes destined for markets in California, according to a press release issued by the agency on Tuesday. The bust happened in the port of New York/Newark in September.
The source of the knockoffs was Dongguan City, China, and the shoes, worth almost $1.7 million, were in the process of being shipped to an address in Chino, California when they were seized.
#CBP Port of New York/Newark intercepts $1.7 million in counterfeit Nike sneakers destined for Chino, CA. @CBP protects American consumers against substandard goods, and protects American businesses' intellectual property rights. Read https://t.co/yksZPw7N1r #IPR #ReportFakes pic.twitter.com/QYb0EC4UgO
— CBP Mid-Atlantic (@CBPMidAtlantic) December 4, 2018
Working with Nike, CBP was able to determine that the shoes were not authentic.
The agency claims to intercept millions of dollars worth of counterfeit goods on a daily basis, and prides itself on spotting potential fakes and protecting consumers from ripoff artists.