In a recent drive against fake products, border police officials in UK seized thousands of imitation products originating from China. The total value of seized products is estimated to be around £3mn.
Last month, officials confiscated 1,300 scarves which were allegedly being sold by brand names like Chanel, Burberry, and Gucci. Fake scarves with an overall value of £904,775 were confiscated at the London Gateway Port. In addition, counterfeit North Face jackets, Levi t-shirts, and Lyle & Scott jumpers were confiscated from the same site.
In the area of Milton Keynes, hundreds of fake bags of Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Versace, duplicate sneakers of Converse and Nike were seized by the authorities. Almost £300,000 worth of bedding marked with the Gucci, Chanel, and Versace logos have been seized at the same centre, as have £778,000 of fake Beats and Apple headphones. Also, more than 200 Estee Lauder skincare sets have also been confiscated at Heathrow Cargo.
In order to check the sale of counterfeit products border, police officials check the product’s genuineness with the brand owners. Any product found to be fake is destroyed after which the right holders decide whether to pursue a private prosecution against the importers or not. Commenting on the incident Security Minister Brandon Lewis said, “People who deliberately buy fake products are supporting serious and organized criminals.”