U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents
seized these hats and thousands more
counterfeit goods during a recent oper-
ation at the DHL hub at CVG.
(Hebron, Ky.) – Nearly $5.4 million in fake good ranging from DVDs to curling irons were seized recently by authorities at the DHL sorting facility a the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport.
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents at the hub in Hebron conducted an operation they called Operation Summers End from September 19 through 23. It was focused on finding parcels which contained knockoff and counterfeit items.
By the end of the fifth day of examining thousands of packages making their way through the facility, agents had seized 289 shipments which violated intellectual property rights.
The value of the 27,000 items in those shipments added up to $5,390,671.73.
Among the seizures were DVDs, clothing, golf clubs, makeup, and handbags.
“The American consumer should get what they pay for,” said David Murphy, CBP Director of Field Operations in Chicago. “Our officers and import specialists, working in close coordination with DHL have made this operation a success. CBP is committed to protecting our nation from not only bad people and bad things but anything that can cause harm to our citizens or our economic competitiveness, including the importation of counterfeit merchandise.”
If those fake items had not been seized, they likely would have been bought by consumers thinking they were the real thing at flea markets or on eBay.
A similar operation done over the course of 11 days last year at the DHL CVG hub netted more than $21 million in counterfeit merchandise.