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Jewelry and Watches Rank Among ‘Most Counterfeited Items’

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4,000+ shipments were seized last year.

The jewelry/watches category ranks No. 2 on a new list of “America’s Most Counterfeited Items” by financial website 24/7 Wall St.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported 4,297 seizures of counterfeit jewelry and watches in fiscal 2017, according to the website. The total value of the goods if they were genuine would be $460 million.

24/7 Wall St. notes that “unlike many commonly counterfeited items, watches, rings, and other jewelry are relatively small yet quite expensive.” That makes it possible to maximize the value of each shipment.

Jewelry and watches made up just under 13 percent of total seizures, and their market value was the highest of any category.

Ranking No. 1 was the “wearing apparel/accessories” category, with 5,223 shipments seized in fiscal 2017.

Across all categories, 31,560 shipments of counterfeit items were seized in 2017. Their total face value was more than $1.2 billion.

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