French Customs officers have made another seizure of fake Nike brand sports shoes.
 
In total, 9,144 counterfeit pairs of its Shox model, with an estimated market value of just over EUR1.37m (US$1.83m), were found following an inspection of a truck on the A40 motorway near Lake Leman, on the Franco-Swiss border.
 
The freight documents presented by the driver of the vehicle covered the transport of shoes of Chinese origin to Italy. A closer look at the load led to the discovery of 762 cartons each containing 12 pairs of fake Nikes that had been concealed behind four rows of shoes of an unknown brand.    
 
Representatives of Nike have confirmed the counterfeit nature of the goods.
 
Last month, French duty men in Nancy seized Asian origin fake brand sportswear comprising 7,000 pairs of shoes and 8,000 polo shirts worth EUR1.7m.
 
It followed a string of similar finds this year, which saw 15,000 pairs of fake Nike brand sports shoes seized at Dieppe and 16,000 pairs of fake Nike and Adidas sports shoes uncovered at Calais and in Paris - with an estimated market value of almost EUR3m.

By Stuart Todd.