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Thousands of Counterfeit Perfumes Shipped to Southern California Didn't Pass the Sniff Test

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized perfume bottles that were being passed off as products from high-end labels like Dior, Chanel and Paco Rabanne.

Counterfeit perfume bottles and cartons seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Los Angeles.
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Something smelled funny about a large shipment of what appeared to be designer perfumes that arrived in Southern California from Hong Kong.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers recently seized the shipment of bottles and cartons at the Los Angeles-Long Beach Seaport. It turned out to be counterfeit items with an estimated value, if genuine, of more than $366,000, authorities said Thursday.

The counterfeit perfumes were found in a shipment of items being imported from Hong Kong, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. A shipment of more than 1,000 cartons were on the ship manifest as cellular phone accessories. 

But during the inspection, CBP officers discovered over 80 of those cartons actually contained counterfeit perfumes that were being passed off as products from high-end labels like Dior, Chanel and Paco Rabanne, the statement said.

In total, CBP seized 3,738 bottles of counterfeit perfumes.

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“Part of our critical CBP mission is to facilitate legitimate trade with a goal of protecting American consumers from dangerous products and to create a level playing field for American businesses,'' said Carlos C. Martel, director of the CBP office of field operations in Los Angeles. “In this case, we have succeeded in our mission by protecting the American consumer from the potential harm associated with counterfeit perfumes, which can sometimes contain unknown chemicals, and by protecting the intellectual property rights of legitimate businesses.”

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