Customs intercepted 40 million fakes in EU
The customs authorities in the EU last year more than 40 million fakes seized, an increase of 15 percent compared to 2014.
The total value amounted to 650 million euros, according to the European Commission on Friday. Counterfeit cigarettes (27 percent) were the most common at the external borders of the EU seized. Chinese exporters are the biggest violators of intellectual property rights (41 percent).
According to EU commissioner Pierre Moscovici (Taxes and Customs) there is no evidence that “the criminal activity that our common market is overrun with counterfeit and illegal products decreases”.
In addition to cigarettes under false brand names also especially drink, drugs, electrical appliances, perfumes and toys on a large scale the EU is smuggled in.
After China (including hong Kong) are Montenegro, Malaysia, and Benin are the biggest culprits. The Dutch customs took over in 2015, according to the Commission, more than 5 million “wrong” items to be seized, more than double in comparison with the year before.