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EU: amount of seized counterfeit goods on the rise. Top of the list: cigarettes, food, mobile phones

(Brussels) The number of counterfeit goods seized by the European customs authorities are increasing: this has been shown by the figures published today by the EU Commission for 2015, the year in which five million goods more than in 2014 were stopped on the way before they could reach the EU markets. “It is 15% more than in 2014”, a notice points out. “Over 40 million products suspected of breaching intellectual property rights, worth almost 650 million euros, have been stopped at the borders”. Pierre Moscovici, EU Commissioner for economic affairs and customs, states: “I have personally seen the excellent job done by the customs agents all over the EU to find counterfeit, and sometime hazardous, goods. However, the crime that is flooding our market with fake and illegal products gives no sign of decreasing”. Cigarettes are still top of the list as the most often seized items (27%), while everyday products that can be potentially hazardous for the consumers’ health and safety, such as food and drinks, toiletries, medicines, toys and electric appliances, account for 25.8% of the total, in the aggregate. The country that most counterfeit products come from is, once again, China (41%), followed by Montenegro, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Benin. Malaysia is top of the list for toiletries, Turkey for clothes, and Hong Kong for mobile phones.

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