European Union sees counterfeit drinks seizures soar – figures (Excerpt)
By Keith Nuthall
30 October 2015
The European Union seized about EUR2.1m (US$2.3m) in counterfeit or fake beverages at its borders in 2014, a marked rise on the year before, according to a European Commission report.
The consists of EUR880,990 – 148,438 individual items – in alcoholic beverages and EUR1.22m – 453,971 individual items – in other beverages, noted the latest ‘report on EU customs enforcement of intellectual property rights’. Beverages, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, was one of the categories that experienced the “most important increases” – leaping by 50% compared to 2013 – in the number of items detained.