$32 Million Worth of Fake Nike and Adidas Sneakers Seized In Chile

 

According to Esquire.com

“Customs officials in Chile hit the motherlode last month when they reportedly seized nearly $32 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 kicks (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 $24,209, the actual value was around $31,786,395. 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.”

Wow. Shocking but not surprising.

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