Customs seize more than $2.9 million in counterfeit jewelry

More than 1,900 pieces of counterfeit jewelry with an estimated retail value of $2,994,450, were seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents May 31.

CBP officers conducting express consignment operations in Indianapolis, Indiana, seized counterfeit Tiffany, Cartier, Bvlgari, Louis Vuitton, Rolex and Tous jewelry in a shipment from China en route to Texas.

“Protecting intellectual property rights is an important part of the CBP mission and critical to protecting American consumers,” said Chief CBP Officer Timothy Hubbard. “Our CBP officers and import specialists work diligently to protect businesses, consumers and our economy every day by combating the trade of counterfeit and pirated goods through an aggressive Intellectual Property Rights enforcement program. This seizure is fine example of that commitment.”

The enforcement of intellectual property rights is a CBP priority trade issue which represent high-risk areas that can cause significant revenue loss, harm the U.S. economy or threaten the health and safety of Americans, according to a release from CBP.