The CBP says had the shipment been authentic it wouldve been worth US$1.7m

The CBP says had the shipment been authentic it would've been worth US$1.7m

Almost 10,000 pairs of fake Nike trainers – with a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $1.695m had they been authentic – have been seized at the Port of New York/Newark.

The shipment of 9,024 pairs of sneakers was inspected by US Customs and Border Protection officers in late September after it arrived from Dongguan City in China. The products were destined to an address in Chino, California.

Images were submitted to the CBP's Apparel Footwear and Textiles Centre for Excellence and Expertise, where they were examined and deemed counterfeit.

"This significant seizure of counterfeit Nike sneakers illustrates Customs and Border Protection's continued commitment to protecting the American consumer against the proliferation of substandard and potentially unsafe counterfeit consumer goods," says Troy Miller, director of CBP's New York field office.  

"Enforcing Intellectual Property Rights laws is a CBP priority trade mission. We will continue to work closely with our trade and law enforcement partners to identify and seize counterfeit merchandise that could potentially harm US consumers and businesses."