U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized $1.2 million in counterfeit Rolex, Louis Vuitton, Cartier, and Omega watches at Los Angeles International Airport on Aug. 8.
The 215 pieces, which had arrived from China via air cargo, would be worth $1.25 million if sold as genuine at suggested retail prices, the CBP said.
CBP officers discovered the counterfeit merchandise after inspecting the shipment manifested as “watches,” with a declared value of $173 and weighing 68 pounds.
Approximately $1.26 billion worth of counterfeit goods originating overseas was seized by CBP in 2012. Watches and jewelry represented 8 percent of those seizures.