‘Tis the Season for Counterfeit Goods

Nearly $2.5 million worth of knockoff Nike sneakers bound for the UK’s counterfeit capital, Manchester, never made it to their final destination.

The BBC reported that Greater Manchester Police and Trading Standards officers seized two 40-foot containers filled fake goods on Dec. 13 and Dec. 16, including Nike and Converse tracksuits and phony Louis Vuitton, Prada and Vivienne Westwood handbags.

The raid follows busts in November, which uncovered a $1.23 million worth of knockoffs destined for Manchester’s Cheetham Hill, also known as “Counterfeit Street” because of the widespread sale of fake goods there, BBC reported.

Likewise, Sneaker News reported that the Chilean National Customs Office seized counterfeit goods valued at $31 million in November. Hidden underneath a shipment of napkins, Chilean officials found a total of 16,454 pairs of fake Nike and Adidas sneakers. Officials were tipped off after discovering irregularities in the weight of the shipment, the declared values and the route of the goods.

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