EU CUSTOMS SEIZED OVER 31 MILLION FAKE GOODS AT EU BORDERS IN 2017

On 27th September, the EU published a news release about a report and data released by the EU which show that customs authorities detained over 31 million fake and counterfeit products at the EU’s external border with a street value of over €580 million.  Although the total figures have declined since 2016, fake potentially dangerous goods for day-to-day use like healthcare products, medicines, toys and electrical goods now make up a much higher proportion of all seizures.  65% of all detained articles entered the EU via the maritime route, usually in large consignments. This was followed by air traffic which transported 14% of fake articles.  Third was courier traffic and postal traffic which together accounted for 11% and were mainly made up of consumer goods ordered online such as shoes, clothing, bags and watches.  China remains the main country of origin for fake goods entering the EU.  The highest amount of fake clothing originated from Turkey while the most counterfeit mobile phones and accessories, ink cartridges and toners, CDs/DVDs and labels, tags and stickers entered the EU from Hong Kong and China.  India was the top country of origin for fake, and potentially harmful, medicines.

http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-18-5912_en.htm

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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