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EU: Over 41 million counterfeit goods seized during 2016

EU: Over 41 million counterfeit goods seized in 2016

The European Commission today reported that EU customs authorities detained more than 41 million fake and counterfeit products at the EU's external border in 2016. The goods had a total value exceeding €670 million. The number of intercepted articles rose by 2% compared to 2015.


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An EC release reports that the seized goods included “everyday products” deemed to be potentially dangerous to health and safety—such as food and drink, medicines, toys, and household electrical goods, and these accounted for over a third of all intercepted goods. Of the articles detained:

  • Cigarettes were the top category (24%).
  • Toys were the second largest group (17%), followed by foodstuffs (13%), and packaging material (12%). 

The EC reported that China remains the clear leader when it comes to the provenance of fake goods—80% of articles arrived from China in 2016. Large amounts of cigarettes originated in Vietnam and Pakistan, while Singapore was the top source for counterfeit alcoholic beverages. Iran was the main source country for fake clothing accessories. Hong Kong was the leader for counterfeit mobile phones, and India topped the list for counterfeit medicines.


For more information, contact a professional with KPMG’s Trade & Customs practice:

Douglas Zuvich | +1 (312) 665-1022 |

Andrew Siciliano | +1 (631) 425-6057 |

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