USD32 Million Worth of Fake Nike and Adidas Sneakers Have Been Seized by Authorities
They were concealed in a container of napkins.
BY scott christian | Jan 2, 2017 | Shoes
Customs officials in Chile hit the motherlode last month when they reportedly seized nearly USD32 million worth of counterfeit Adidas and Nike sneakers. According to Ricardo Aceituno, Chile's regional director of customs, the seizure took place on November 7 in a town called Iquique.
The fake sneaks (in the same vein as, but not including, the knockoff Jordans shown above) were concealed beneath packages of napkins in a shipment that originated from China. In total, the illegal shipment contained 16,454 counterfeit shoes that were divided up into 474 boxes. And along with the fake versions of Nikes and Adidas, there were also counterfeits of a Colombian brand called Zodiak.
Apparently the customs officials discovered the shoes when they saw a discrepancy in the declared value of the shipment. While the documentation declared the total value at USD24,209, the actual value was around USD31,786,395. There were also irregularities in the route and weight that tipped the officials off. Which, of course, can happen when you've stuffed almost 17,000 pairs of shoes into what is supposed to be a shipment of napkins.
Given that the counterfeit goods industry is now thought to be worth nearly USD461 billion, it's safe to say that the Chileans took a nice little dent out of someone's illicit business. Although sadly, there's probably plenty more where that came from.