EU: Clothing tops fake goods seizures in 2013
EU customs authorities detained almost 36m items suspected of violating intellectual property rights in 2013, with clothing one of the top categories, according to new data.
The Commission's annual report, published this week, revealed that while this number is less than previous years, the value of the intercepted goods still represents more than EUR760m (US$1.02bn).
Clothing represented 12% of all articles detained.
China continues to be the main source of fake products at 66%, with 13% of detained goods from Hong Kong.
"Innovation and creativity is where Europe creates value," said Algirdas Šemeta, Commissioner for Taxation, Customs, Anti-fraud and Audit. "Protecting Intellectual Property Rights is not only important for health and safety of European consumers but also supports growth and job creation in the EU.
"The figures in today's report show that counterfeiting afflicts all products and that customs authorities do a good job intercepting fakes."
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