There are fewer counterfeit perfumes on the market for Angelenos on Valentine’s Day. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced on Feb. 13 that the agency had seized 475,056 bottles of perfume with fake trademarks at the Los Angeles and Long Beach port complexes.
From October 1 to January 31, CPB officials said they intercepted 11 shipments containing counterfeit and confusingly similar fragrances belonging to 34 top-name brands with an estimated manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $31 million.
“The theft of intellectual property and trade in fake goods threaten America’s economic vitality and national security, and the American people’s health and safety,” said Carlos C. Martel, Los Angeles CBP director of field operations, in a statement.
The counterfeit brands included Giorgio Armani, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Chanel, Coach, Dior and Dolce & Gabbana, among others.
Manufacturing and trade reporter Shwanika Narayan can be reached at email@example.com or 323-556-8351. Follow her on Twitter @shwanika.