Europe seizes $87 million worth of counterfeit products! China is one of the biggest sources!
Europe seizes $87 million worth of counterfeit products, with China as one of the biggest sources
BusinessDialogue learned that according to foreign media reports, the European police organization cooperated with customs and other law enforcement agencies in 17 countries to seize counterfeit goods worth up to $87 million between March and December 2022.
In the anti-counterfeiting operation, customs and law enforcement agencies in various countries conducted surprise inspections of all places where counterfeit goods were potentially sold, including commercial and industrial areas, flea markets, tourist areas, warehouses, shops, and more. Customs and law enforcement agencies also conducted relevant training at ports, pop-up stores, and courier companies.
The achievements of the anti-counterfeiting operation are as follows:
1,956,607 counterfeit clothing, shoes, and accessories were seized.
The total value of the seized counterfeit goods was approximately 87 million euros.
258 brands were infringed.
3,921 inspections were conducted.
646 judicial cases were filed.
1,311 administrative cases were filed.
378 people were arrested.
Sporting goods and luxury goods topped the list of seized counterfeit goods
Between March and December 2022, the European police organization seized millions of sporting goods and luxury goods. The organization pointed out that illegal elements mainly use social media networks to promote counterfeit products. Among them, most of the counterfeit products are clothing and shoes.
Counterfeit goods mainly come from China, Hong Kong, Turkey and Vietnam
The European police organization stated that the seized counterfeit goods mainly come from regions outside Europe, and China, Turkey and Vietnam are the main sources. In terms of transportation, these counterfeit goods enter the EU by land or sea.
BusinessDialogue understands that the European police organization and the European Union Intellectual Property Office launched the Intellectual Property Crime Coordination Center (IPC3) in 2016. Since its establishment, the IPC3 department has been coordinating and supporting cross-border actions aimed at combating intellectual property crimes throughout the EU.
Countries participating in IPC3 include:
EU member states: Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, and Spain.
Third-party countries: Serbia, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom.
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