Big trouble in small packages: EU reports an increase in the amount of fake goods sent in small parcels

Counterfeit goods have been a problem for the European market for quite a while. It has inspired the European Union to take drastic actions by e.g. finding Internet Service Providers (ISPs) liable for third party usage of its facilities in illegal counterfeiting operations. Consequently, the European Union is taking a pro-active role in this area.

Recently, the European Commission has reported that the number of seized parcels increased from 57,433 in 2017 to 69,354 in 2018 due to an increase in the use of smaller parcels to ship counterfeits.[1] It was calculated that these goods were worth €740 million[2]. However, the European Union did report that there was an overall reduction in the amount of actual fake goods to arrive into its territory.

The parcels containing counterfeit goods, mostly came from China, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Cambodia and Turkey. Furthermore, the majority of these goods were bought online and ranged from cigarettes to cosmetics.

China seems to be the main country were most fake goods originate from. Consequently, the future may see the European Union extend and create more regulations in order to make transporting fake goods more difficult.


[2] Ibid

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