Counterfeit goods of top international brands seized in India

The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has unearthed a syndicate importing counterfeit goods of international brands from China. 

Thousands of handbags and men's shoes were seized carrying fake logos for Gucci, Prada and Adidas - AFP

The syndicate was unearthed when DRI detained five containers at Mumbai Docks. The goods had been falsely declared as unbranded goods.

However, they contained nearly 3,300 women’s handbags with names of international brands such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Michael-Kors, Prada, Burberry and Versace, and 4,500 pairs of men’s shoes with names such as Prada, Adidas (Boost), Tom Ford, Balmain Paris and Gianfranco Ferre, according to a report in the Times of India.

“Though the items have the logos and stickers of these reputable brands on them, they appear to be first copies of the original ones. The quality and finish of these products is so good that it is very difficult for consumers to differentiate between the fakes and the original goods,’’ said an official, adding that the brand owners have been informed about the counterfeit goods.

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