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Latvia has the steepest rise in the number of counterfeit goods seized at the border

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The European Commission (EC) presented its annual report on the activities of EU customs authorities in protecting intellectual property. According to this report, the steepest rise in the number of counterfeit goods seized at the border (within the EU) was registered in Latvia.

1 338 225 counterfeit products were seized at the Latvian border in 2011, which is 11.1 times more than in 2010. Such a steep rise is not registered in any other country of the EU, ltv.lv reports.

The amount of counterfeit goods seized at the borders of the two remaining Baltic countries dropped sharply. Estonian border guards seized 355 382 counterfeit products at Estonia’s borders in 2011, which was by 42% less than they seized in 2010. Lithuanian border guards seized 192 715 counterfeit products, which was by 75% less than they seized in 2010.

The second and third steepest rises were registered in Slovakia (+875%) and in Bulgaria (+633). The sharpest drop was registered in Portugal (-79%).

A total of 114 772 812 products that were suspected of having counterfeit origin were seized at the borders of EU countries in 2011. Their numbers increased by 11%, compared to 2010.

It is stated in the EC’s report that the total value of the seized counterfeit goods was nearly 1.3 billion EUR, compared 1.1 billion dollars of 2010.

The leading categories of counterfeit goods include: medicine (24%), packaging materials (21%) and cigarettes (18%). 28.6% of all seized products were household goods that could have threatened the health and safety of potential consumers.

China is still the leading manufacturer of counterfeit goods (73%). Other countries dominate specific counterfeit product categories (Turkey – food products, Panama – alcoholic beverages, Thailand – non-alcoholic beverages, Hong Kong – mobile phones). Around 90% of the counterfeit goods were either destroyed, or were presented to the Court, to determine whether or not an infringement of intellectual property rights took place.

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