Thousands of fake designer watches seized at Texas border, if real would be worth $83M

7,800 watches inside consignment truck infringed on Audemars Piguet design trademark


LAREDO, Texas - Thousands of counterfeit Swiss designer watches have been confiscated at a Texas border crossing in a shipment that if real would be worth $83 million.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Wednesday announced the seizure of about 7,800 watches. The arriving truck was searched at the World Trade Bridge, which links Laredo and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.

Customs experts on Oct. 25 determined the watches infringed on the trademark of Audemars Piguet. The items were seized Oct. 29.

CBP's Laredo port director Sidney Aki says the seizure is believed to be the largest in port history in terms of manufacturer's suggested retail price.

A similar seizure of 4,200 counterfeit Swiss watches on June 29 at the same border crossing yielded timepieces with a $28 million retail value, if real.


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