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Cigarettes remain the top counterfeit import seized in Europe

Octobre 11, 2016

The quantity of counterfeit goods intercepted in 2015 by customs authorities in the European Union (EU) grew by 15% compared to 2014. More than 40 million products suspected of violating an intellectual property right were detained at the EU's external borders, with a value of nearly €650 million.

The European Commission recently published its yearly report on the subject which indicates customs across the EU seized five million more counterfeit items in 2015 than the previous year.

Cigarettes remain the top category (27%) of articles detained, while everyday products which could be dangerous to the health and safety of consumers such as food and beverages, toiletries, medicines, toys and household electrical goods account jointly for 25.8% of the total.

China continues to be the main originating country for counterfeit goods (41%), followed by Montenegro, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Benin.

Benin was the originating country of a large amount of foodstuff, while Mexico was the top source for counterfeit alcoholic beverages and Morocco for other beverages.

Malaysia was in the lead for toiletries, Turkey for clothing, Hong Kong for counterfeit mobile phones and accessories, memory cards, computer equipment, CDs and DVDs and lighters.

Montenegro was the biggest originator of counterfeit cigarettes, while India topped the list for medicines. In more than 91% of detentions, goods were either destroyed or a court case was initiated to determine an infringement in cooperation with the right-holder of the brand which is being infringed.

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