Customs sniffs out counterfeit perfume
Last week Customs and Border Protection in Newark, N.J said it seized a shipment of counterfeit designer perfumes.
CBP said the items seized had aggregate suggested retail price of nearly $5 million and a domestic value of more than $131,000.
The counterfeit shipment included a variety of well-known brands of perfume including a variety of scents by Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Issey Miyake, and Lacoste.
CBP officers and import specialists identified this particular shipment as counterfeit due to poor packaging quality. Some counterfeit perfumes are so difficult to identify that lab tests are required to confirm whether or not they are legitimate.
“The ingredients used to make counterfeit perfumes are unknown and may pose a significant health hazard to the public,” stated Robert E. Perez, director of field operations in New York. “Stemming the flow of these types of counterfeit products remains a high priority for agency.”