U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at the port in Los Angeles and Long Beach intercepted more than 16,000 fake bags in nine shipments from China and Hong Kong between June 6 and Sept. 17, The Riverside (Calif.) Press-Enterprise reported.
The purses and handbags, if they had been authentic and sold legitimately, carried an aggregate suggested retail price of $210.8 million, the newspaper said.
The contraband was being warehouse at a Department of Homeland Security seized property facility in Riverside, the report said.
Hermes bags sell for as much as $9,400 to $18,000 apiece, said Elva Muneton, assistant port director of trade.
Muneton said people who buy counterfeit handbags for less "think they're probably getting a deal," but she noted the fakes may be made of plastic, rather than leather, and are poorly sewn.
The phony bags are to be destroyed after the criminal investigation is completed.