29 Are Accused of Smuggling Fake Goods Into the U Twenty nine people were charged yesterday jimmy choo navy blue shoes in three federal complaints that described a network of international plots to smuggle nearly $700 million in real and counterfeit goods from China through Kennedy International Airport and seaports in Newark, Houston, Staten Island and Long Beach, Calif.
Complex in nature and sprawling in scope, the schemes played out in the poorly understood world of freight forwarders, trucking companies, customs bonded warehouses and import export concerns that work in and around the country's airports and marine terminals. Continue reading the main story Shipments into American jimmy choo riki ports are ultimately overseen by the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, or ICE. Importers are required to obtain clearance for their shipments through a licensed customs broker, which files entry documents to customs officials. The importer is required to present the broker with its own documents bills of lading, invoices, packing lists and such and, based on this information, customs agents can clear a shipment, after assessing duties, without actually inspecting it. Shipments can also enter the United States temporarily and without duties if they are en route to another country. Such shipments are required to be picked up at the port by a customs bonded trucking concern and stored in a customs bonded warehouse. Newsletter Sign Up Continue reading the main story In the first complaint, 18 people were charged in two schemes to smuggle more than 900 40 foot shipping containers of real and counterfeit goods into American ports and airports. Laurent tote bags, eight Jimmy Choo tote bags, 10 Balenciaga tote bags, 1,540 pairs of Nike sneakers and 30 pairs of Chlo women's shoes, with a total manufacturer's suggested retail price of more than $56.1 million. In the first scheme, officials said, two freight forwarding companies sent false documents to customs brokers to have their containers cleared through Customs. The documents not only played down the value of the goods (thus avoiding paying full duty), officials said, but they also used names and federal identification numbers stolen from legitimate, and unwitting, import companies. The second scheme was intended to disguise the fact that much of the merchandise arriving in the United States was counterfeit, officials said. The importers and freight forwarding companies filed false documents to obtain the clearance of their fake goods; the private managers of a customs examination center allowed the merchandise to be moved from the port to a customs bonded warehouse; the warehouse owners illegally signed for and then held the goods; and the trucking companies filed jimmy choo gold boots false paperwork suggesting that the shipments were bound for Canada when, in fact, they were often headed for a warehouse in New Jersey. The second complaint charges nine defendants with a scheme to smuggle counterfeit goods (North Face jackets and True Religion blue jeans among them) into the Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach without paying customs duties. They did this, officials said, by paying undercover ICE agents to file false paperwork indicating the merchandise was only passing through the United States en route to Mexico. In the third complaint, two defendants are charged with taking shipments of counterfeit handbags off flights into Kennedy Airport and storing them in a customs bonded warehouse to prevent their inspection by Customs.
Correction: June 29, 2007 An article on Wednesday about the filing of federal charges against 29 people accused in plots to smuggle nearly $700 million in real and counterfeit goods from China into the United States misstated the given name of one of those charged, an owner of a trucking shoes choo jimmy company. He is Joseph DePaola, not John.
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