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Fake Hermes Handbags Seized At California Ports

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An employee holds a real $129,000 Hermes Birkin Bag. (credit: Timothy Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

An employee holds a real $129,000 Hermes Birkin Bag. (credit: Timothy Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers have seized 1,500 counterfeit Hermes leather handbags at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex.

The customs agency says in a statement Tuesday that if the bags were genuine they would have had a total value in the millions of dollars.

The merchandise bearing fake Hermes trademarks arrived from China in two shipments that were seized in February.

Customs says the top countries for origination of counterfeit goods seized by U.S. authorities are China, Hong Kong, Singapore, India and Taiwan.

Other notable seizures at the Southern California ports have included 20,000 pairs of counterfeit Christian Louboutin (loo-boo-tan) shoes and nearly 79,000 pairs of sunglasses with design and logo similarities to Coach, Gucci and Armani.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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