EU releases 2007 Customs statistics on counterfeit seizures

08 August 2008

In 2007, EU customs registered over 43,000 cases of counterfeit seizures, compared to 37,000 in 2006. The EU Commission reports this to be a result of improved cooperation between customs and industry, enabling customs to better target suspected shipments and to recognise counterfeit goods.

However, the number of articles seized has decreased from last year's peak of 128 million articles, to around 79 million. This is due to a growing number of seizures involving smaller quantities of counterfeit and pirated articles.

Cigarettes and clothing continue to be faked in large quantities and there has been a worrying increase in sectors that are potentially dangerous to consumers (medicines, electrical equipment, personal care products).

You can find more information at the EU Commission, Directorate General TAXUD website