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Counterfeiting ring dismantled in Berlin

German investigators busted a counterfeiting gang that allegedly sold large quantities of fake clothing out of Berlin. The fakes presumably originated from Turkey and are estimated to have caused several hundreds of thousands of euros in damage.

German Customs: Massive increase in seizures in 2021

With 2021’s results, customs in Germany has again registered a dramatic increase in seized counterfeits. The annual customs statistics show a particularly large boom in some industries – and a shift in relevant transport routes.

German officials score seizures worth millions

Police and customs in Germany have taken several impressive actions against counterfeiting. They achieved enforcements against trafficking via air and sea freight, fakes smuggled on land routes, and illicit trade in brick-and-mortar stores.

France, Switzerland see rapid increase in seized fakes

Die Zahl beschlagnahmter Fälschungen ist 2021 sowohl in Frankreich als auch in der Schweiz stark angestiegen. Französische Zollbeamte verbuchten einen Anstieg um mehr als 60 %; ihre Schweizer Kollegen konfiszierten rund 34 % mehr Plagiate als im Vorjahr.

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Europol: millions of counterfeit toys seized

Coordinated by Europol, authorities from numerous countries seized counterfeit and illegal toys worth more than 18 million euros. Operation Ludus II also secured a large number of goods that posed a health risk.

Millions of illegal pharmaceutical products seized

Coordinated by Europol and OLAF, authorities in numerous countries have seized counterfeit and illegal substances worth more than 60 million euros. The Operation Shield II also uncovered illegal production sites – also in Europe.

France: Customs seizes millions of counterfeit goods

French customs officials scored several remarkable strikes against trafficking in counterfeit goods. In total, customs have seized more than 1.5 million illegal items, including numerous counterfeit video game products, car parts, and electronic items.

German authorities seize tons of counterfeit products

Officials in Germany have recently scored several remarkable strikes against counterfeiting. Tons of fake goods were seized in major raids by police in Hamburg and Berlin, as well as in a notable customs seizure in western Germany.

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