Counterfeiters Busted Trying to Ship in Over 20,000 Fake Louboutins From China

Posted on August 17, 2012

Counterfeit Louboutins at Port of Long Beach

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) import specialists and officers stopped counterfeiters from shipping in 20,457 pairs of Christian Louboutin knockoffs from China. The fake shoes, found at the Port of Long Beach, cost just $3 each to make, which means they can be sold for far less than real Louboutins. The fake shoes had a red sole similar to real Louboutins.

Todd C. Owen CBP Director of Field Operations in Los Angeles, says, "This seizure illustrates the outstanding level of commodity expertise and vigilance of CBP import specialists and officers at our nation's largest seaport. CBP maintains an aggressive and proactive posture on intercepting shipments containing counterfeit and pirated items."

NBC says the criminals could have made as much as $18 million in total if they had been able to sell the huge lot of fake shoes. Take a look:

Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection