Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Customs officers at the Port of New York/Newark made an unusual seizure recently when they uncovered a shipment of 9,024 pairs of counterfeit Nike shoes.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection said officers inspecting a shipment from Dongguan City, China, sent photos of the shoes to the agency's Apparel Footwear and Textiles Center for Excellence and Expertise.
The center consulted with Nike and spotted tell-tale signs that the shoes were counterfeit.
Customs said the shoes, which would have had a retail value of about $1,695,600, had been destined for an address in Chino, Calif.
"This significant seizure of counterfeit Nike sneakers illustrates Customs and Border Protection's continued commitment to protecting the American consumer against the proliferation of substandard and potentially unsafe counterfeit consumer goods," said Troy Miller, director of CBP's New York Field Office.
"Enforcing Intellectual Property Rights laws is a CBP priority trade mission. We will continue to work closely with our trade and law enforcement partners to identify and seize counterfeit merchandise that could potentially harm U.S. consumers and businesses," he said.