EU customs seize over 41 million fake goods at EU borders

A new EU report shows that customs authorities detained more than 41 million fake and counterfeit products at the EU’s external border in 2016, up 2% on 2015. The goods had a total value of over €670 million. Cigarettes were the top category (24%) for articles detained and toys the second largest group (17%), followed by foodstuffs (13%) and packaging material (12%). China remains the clear leader when it comes to the provenance of fake goods: 80% of articles arrived from China in 2016. Large amounts of cigarettes originated in Vietnam and Pakistan, while Singapore was the top source for counterfeit alcoholic beverages. Iran was the main source country for fake clothing accessories. Hong Kong was the leader for counterfeit mobile phones and India topped the list for counterfeit medicines. In Ireland, 12,826 articles were detained in 2016, down from 18,001 in 2015.

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