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News from customs and authorities

OLAF: Officials seize 15 million liters of alcoholic beverages

Led by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), authorities seize around 15 million liters of counterfeit alcoholic beverages. The notable success was part of this year’s OPSON operation by Europol, targeting counterfeit food products.

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Economy news

Amazon offers insights into the work of its anti-counterfeiting unit

The e-commerce giant grants a look behind the scenes of its Counterfeit Crimes Unit: A new video and an article in the trade magazine WTR show the work of the brand protection experts – and illustrate how essential communications is in the fight against fakes.

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Know-how and tips

The year in review – your highlights of 2022

Recap major news of 2022: Our highlights of the last twelve months for example gather alarming customs results, spectacular seizures, as well as interesting background reports and studies.

Recent studies

Study analyzes online marketplaces in Europe

More than half of the major European online marketplaces have no dedicated measures against counterfeiting, according to a recent study. For brand protection, the diversified e‑commerce landscape also poses further challenges.

Study: Young adults prone to buying fakes

More than one in three young adults in Europe deliberately buys counterfeits, says a recent EUIPO study. This indicates that the share of buyers of fakes has more than doubled recently. One reason is the Covid-19 pandemic – but apparently also a generally high level of acceptance.

Mechanical engineering suffers huge losses due to fakes

Counterfeiting causes damages worth billions in the mechanical engineering sector, a new study by the German industry association VDMA shows. About three in four German companies are affected – and one country newly moves into the top 3 countries of origin.

News from legislation and politics

New initiative to fight illegal health products

A transatlantic initiative is targeting European transshipment hubs for counterfeit health products. In this effort, the US FDA is joining forces with European authorities and the OECD, in response to recent developments.

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News in brief

Customs seizures, Europol, online trade – news in brief

Fakes disguised as alleged Ukraine aid delivery // Europol operation thwarts illegal online trade // Customs investigators dismantle trade in fake car parts // Dresden customs stops counterfeit goods worth millions // Amazon helps strike against counterfeiters in China

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