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Those formerly ubiquitous fake Louis Vuitton handbags might be harder to find this year.

VUITTON GETS REAL: Those formerly ubiquitous fake Louis Vuitton handbags might be harder to find this year. According to Kenneth Klug, Louis Vuitton North America’s director of criminal enforcement, efforts to stem the tide of fakes into the country have had a measurable impact. In fiscal year 2010, U.S. customs officials seized only 200,000 items bearing counterfeit Louis Vuitton trademarks, down from 2 million in 2004, Klug said Tuesday at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, where he spoke on a panel about intellectual property rights enforcement. The reduction was due in part to successful U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement efforts targeting shipping containers of counterfeits coming through domestic ports. While online sales of fake goods are a significant problem for Louis Vuitton, most fake bags still enter the U.S. in large container shipments through ports in Los Angeles and New York because the shipping costs are lower in bulk than mailing each individual item, Klug said.

 

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