1,500 Counterfeit Hermes Bags Recovered at Port of Los Angeles

Posted on March 14, 2013

US Customs and Border Protection Official examines fake Hermes handbags

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials recently announced the seizure of 1,500 counterfeit Hermes bags. CBP officers say the bags would have been worth over $14 million in total if they were genuine Hermes bags. The counterfeit handbags were discovered in two separate shipments from China at the Port of Los Angeles in February, 2013.

The CBP says most of the seized counterfeit items come from China. $511 million worth of handbags and wallets were seized in 2012 and $446 million worth of the fake merchandise - over 87% - originated in China.

Fake Hermes handbags at the Port of Los Angeles

Photos: Jaime Ruiz/U.S. Customs and Border Protection