CINCINNATI — Customs and Border Protection agents in Cincinnati and Louisville intercepted shipments of more than 800 counterfeit Cartier bracelets last week — a haul that could have sold to unsuspecting customers for up to $8.72 million.
“This is a significant seizure for CBP, but unfortunately, CBP officers see counterfeit shipments like this every day,” said Richard Gillespie, CBP’s local port director. “I’m extremely proud of these officers’ determination in stopping illicit shipments, and our commitment to protecting the American economy.”
The bracelets arrived in two shipments originating in Hong Kong and destined for the same home in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Louisville port director Thomas Mahn said the rise of e-commerce has created an online economy that exposes many participants to an increased risk of fraud. Purchasing luxury goods online from anything but an official seller can easily result in receiving counterfeit items at on-brand prices.