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$6 Million Worth of Fake Van Cleef & Arpels Jewelry Seized at Miami International Airport

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A lesson to counterfeiters from Miami International Airport: you will get caught. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized $6 million worth of counterfeit jewelry last month, all bearing Van Cleef & Arpels copyrighted designs.

According to WWD, 720 pieces of counterfeit jewelry arrived from Hong Kong on June 16th, and the package was selected by CBP officers for inspection. They discovered that the jewelry was fake and decided to detain it. This news comes shortly after the U.S. and China announced they were boosting joint efforts in the fight against counterfeit goods. Just last year, WWD reports, "CBP made more than 23,000 seizures of counterfeit goods worth an estimated $1.2 billion."