A recent report announced by the European Commission shows that EU 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, products for daily use (i.e. body care articles, medicines, toys, electrical household goods) accounted for 43,3% of the total number of detained articles. According to the report, foodstuffs are at the top of the list of detained articles (24%), followed by toys (11%), cigarettes (9%), other goods (9%) and clothing (7%) .

China remained the main country of origin for fake goods entering the EU. According to the type of goods, the highest amount of fake clothing was 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 medicines. 

Check the full the report and the related statistics here.

 

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Source: IPR Helpdesk News
EU customs seized over 31 million fake goods in 2017