500,000 pair of counterfeit Converse and Vans seized in east China

Police in east China’s Anhui Province destroyed half a million pair of knock-off Converse and Vans sneakers. Back in December 2015, police in the city of Bengbu received a tip alleging that counterfeit Converse sneakers that were being sold in some Middle Eastern countries may have been produced in the city. A task force was set up by police to investigate the matter. A month into their investigation, the task force had uncovered the factory’s location and that it had nine production lines that were manned by several hundred shoemakers…

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Nearly $1.7 Million in counterfeit Nikes seized by Customs and Border Protection

Customs and Border Protection announced Tuesday that their officers at the Port of New York and New Jersey seized over 9,000 pair of counterfeit Nikes worth nearly $1.7 million. According to a press release issued by the agency, CBP officers inspected the shipment when it arrived from Dongguan City, China in late September. The seizure was completed last Thursday.   Officers then submitted digital images of the sneakers to CBP’s Apparel Footwear and Textiles Center for Excellence and Expertise, the agency’s trade experts. CBP’s CEE specialists worked with the trademark holders…

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Stupid Things People Do Over Sneakers: Kingston shipowner busted for counterfeit sneakers

The island of Jamaica is a vacation spot known for its beaches, food, rum and happy grass. It also the setting for our latest edition of footwear fueled folly. In Kingston, Jamaica, police seized over $950,000 of counterfeit goods and arrested a man in connection to the seizure. Owen Jackson, 44, of Kingston was charged with unlawful use of trademarks. According to reports, a search of Jackson’s business was carried out on July 16 around 1:30 pm and 192 pairs of counterfeit sneakers were found. Police said upon closer inspection…

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Phillipine authorities seize $750,000 in fake sneakers and goods

At the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, Bureau of Customs agents seized approximately $750,000 worth of counterfeit sneakers and other goods since January, according to the Bureau of Customs. Recent social media posts from the official account of the Bureau of Customs show agents piling up scores of fake shoes which included the Sean Witherspoon’s Nike Air Max 97, Atmos x Air Max 1 “Animal”, Fear of God x Vans Authentic, Pharrell x Adidas NMD Hu, and Adidas Yeezy Powerphase. P40M halaga ng misdeclared goods kabilang ang mga beauty…

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Nike aids Chinese Goverment in the Confiscation of $87 million in Counterfeit Kicks

Police in Anhui (China) recently busted that country’s largest case of sneakers. The seized shoes, which numbered over 500,000 pair, were intended to be shipped to Asia and the Middle East. Although made of substandard materials, the sneakers were still valued at over $87 million. In December 2015 Anhui police received reports from Nike Sports China which indicated they had located a significant number of counterfeit shoes that looked like one of their branded products in Middle Eastern countries. Law enforcement officials spent a month pursuing that lead and it…

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70,000 pair of Counterfeit Kicks Seized in Thailand

As reported by the Bangkok Post, Customs officials in Thailand seized counterfeit shoes worth at least an estimated 100 million baht (2856326.93 USD) during a raid in the Muang district of Samut Prakan in Thailand.  According to Customs Department director-general Kulit Sombatsiri, the building was used as a warehouse to store 70,000 pair of sneakers, which included “Nikes”, “Adidas”, “Converse”, and “Onitsuka Tiger”.  No one was in the building during the execution of the raid.  The media was shown all of the shoes Friday, prior to being turned over to…

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