It shows that EU customs authorities intercepted around 31 million counterfeit items in 2017, worth more than 580 million euros. Although this number has decreased by about 10 million since 2016, there is a worrying trend towards a higher proportion of products for daily use, such as food, medicines and toy, which account for 43% of all detained goods.
The objective of the meeting was to present the organisation’s ongoing activities in the field of IPR enforcement as well as discuss and agree on a work programme for 2019.
The figures also reveal that the majority of illicit products entering EU territory come from China (73%) especially counterfeit mobile phones, CDs and DVDs. Other countries have emerged as hot spots for particular product categories, notably Turkey as a large provider of counterfeit clothing and India as a top supplier of fake pharmaceutical products. In terms of modes of transport, 65% of the merchandise entered the EU via the maritime route.
The full report is available here.