Customs officers at Manchester Airport have intercepted nearly 60 sets of counterfeit Chanel jewellery after a crackdown on fake imports in the run-up to Christmas, Professional Jeweller has learned.
The earrings and pendent sets had a value of approximately £3,000, according to Border Force officials, which seized the goods in recent weeks.
The fake jewellery is among tens of thousands of bootleg items picked up at the airport, including counterfeit designer label handbags, make-up and trainers.
Once items are seized, Border Force’s specialist international trade teams work with the owners of big brands to establish whether or not goods are genuine.
If they are fake, the goods are destroyed and the rights holders can then decide whether to privately prosecute the importers.
Emma Porter, Border Force deputy director at Manchester Airport, said: “Counterfeiters will look to capitalise and cash in where there is demand for a product, and as the array of goods seized at Manchester Airport shows, they will grab this opportunity during the Christmas period.”
Border Force estimated that UK-wide it has detained £2m worth of counterfeit goods destined for shops and markets in the run-up to the Christmas period.