EU Seizures of Counterfeit and Pirated Goods Rise Dramatically in 2006

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Saturday, September 1, 2007
Bruce Zagaris
On May 31, 2007, the European Commission published statistics showing a dramatic increase in the seizure of counterfeit and pirated articles at the EU’s external borders in 2006. Customs officials seized more than 250 million of such articles in 2006 compared with 75 million in 2005 and 100 million in 2004. The statistics reveal that counterfeit medicines, cigarettes, and other goods continue to be faked in large quantities. Changes in the routes used by criminals to trade in fake goods, the use of the Internet, and the transport of small quantities by air or postal traffic make customs enforcement a continuing challenge. However, in 2006 the 36,000 seizures represented an increase of approximately 40% compared with 2005...MORE