Counterfeit Nike sneakers worth $1.7M seized in New York

(Fox News) - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently seized counterfeit Nike sneakers with an estimated retail value of nearly $1.7 million, the agency disclosed this week.

The seizure occurred in late September, when authorities at the Port of New York/Newark intercepted a shipment originating from Dongguan City, China, the agency said in a press release. The shipment contained more than 9,000 sneakers that were en route to Chino, California.

"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," said 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 U.S. consumers and businesses."

Nike did not return a request for comment.