According to a recent report by the European Commission, EU (European Union) customs officials have seized fake products worth over 31 million euros. The products have a street value of over 580 million euros.
The fake items seized by the officials include food items which were 24 % followed by toys 11%, cigarettes 9 % and clothing 7 %.
Europe’s Commissioner for Taxation and customs said that the EU customs union is at the forefront when it comes to protecting people from duplication. He further emphasized that their campaign will protect consumer health and business from any kind of violations.
Around 65% of the confiscated goods came in the EU through sea routes and around 14 % arrived through air cargo. Counterfeit items which came through postal and courier services were 11 % which included shoes, bags, clothes and watches.
Turkey was the largest provider of fake clothing and was the worst offender. China and Hong Kong were top suppliers of fake phones, accessories, printer inks and CD/DVDs. India was the largest provider of harmful pharmaceutical products.