CBP seizes $3.2 Million in Counterfeit Hermes Belts at Port

LOS ANGELES (AP) - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers have seized $3.2 million in counterfeit Hermes belts from the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport complex.

Agents seized nearly 4,000 high-end fashion belts shipped from China in June.

Investigators said Thursday the belts had the Hermes trademark stamped on cases mimicking the company's signature orange boxes and on the back of each belt. The trademark was also engraved on the buckle. To avoid detection, the shipment was marked as containing brooms.

CBP Port Director Carlos Martel says counterfeit products are becoming increasingly high in quality, making it easier for consumers to be deceived.

About $1.2 billion in counterfeit goods originating oversees were seized by CBP in 2014.

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