$511 Million Worth of Counterfeit Handbags and Wallets Was Seized in 2012

Though the legal system is starting to make waves in preventing the production of counterfeit designer goods, it definitely has a ways to go. In Los Angeles last month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized 1,500 counterfeit Hermes handbags totaling $14.1 million in value.
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Though the legal system is starting to make waves in preventing the production of counterfeit designer goods, it definitely has a ways to go. In Los Angeles last month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized 1,500 counterfeit Hermes handbags totaling $14.1 million in value.
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Though the legal system is starting to make waves in preventing the production of counterfeit designer goods, it definitely has a ways to go.

In Los Angeles last month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized 1,500 counterfeit Hermes handbags totaling $14.1 million in value, officials told WWD.

Authorities found the bags by searching two shipments from China on two separate occasions in February. However, no arrests were made.

According to the trade, approximately $511 million worth of fake designer handbags and wallets were seized last year--most of them from China.

Customs also reported a 142% increase in the value of counterfeits seized, which of course means authorities are preventing a lot more counterfeits from crossing the borders. Though we hope that number eventually starts to go down with the number of counterfeits being produced.

It's not the first counterfeit victory for Hermes--the French label was awarded a $100 million judgment last year after 34 Hermes counterfeit websites were forced to shutter. Soon after, it busted an international crime ring that produced and sold knockoffs of its bags.

We wonder, though, what will happen to the fraudulent goods? When customs recently seized over 20,000 Louboutin knockoffs, it was reportedly planning to burn them. Will these faux Kellys and/or Birkins meet a similar fate?

Better to burn a fake Birkin than a real Birkin, we guess.