A shipment of counterfeit Nike sneakers destined for an address in Chino were seized by officers at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the Port of New York-Newark in New Jersey, the agency said in a statement Tuesday.
The address and name of the recipient in Chino was not provided because the case remains under investigation.
“This significant seizure of counterfeit Nike sneakers illustrates (the agency’s) continued commitment to protecting the American consumer against the proliferation of substandard and potentially unsafe counterfeit consumer goods,” said U.S. Customs and Border Protection in New York Director Troy Miller. “Enforcing intellectual property rights laws is a priority trade mission.”
Agents seized a container with 9,024 pairs of sneakers in September after it arrived from Dongguan City, China.
Digital images of the sneakers were submitted to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Apparel Footwear and Textiles Center for Excellence and Expertise, which worked with Nike to determine if the sneakers were counterfeit. That was confirmed Tuesday, the agency said.
The sneakers, if sold at the manufactured retail price, could have netted $1.7 million.
“The manufacture of counterfeit goods robs legitimate businesses of revenue, robs American workers of jobs and poses health and safety threats to U.S. consumers,” Mr. Miller said. “Oftentimes, the proceeds from counterfeit merchandise sales supports other nefarious and illicit businesses.”