French enforcement officers have had an impressive success against product and brand piracy: In two operations, they seized a total of around 74,000 luxury good counterfeits of renowned companies.
Just a few weeks later, customs officials close to Calais confiscated roughly 12,400 further counterfeits in postal shipments that were on their way from Great Britain to Spain. The French agents found numerous counterfeit accessories and clothing items from brand manufacturers such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Michael Kors in the packages. Jerseys from famous sports teams were also amongst the copies, for example the Italian football club Juventus Turin.
The customs officials noticed the products’ strong chemical smell while inspecting the packages. Taking a closer look, they could also see manufacturing mistakes such as colour deviations and imprecise seams. The affected brand owners were able to confirm the suspected plagiarism. The illegal products, which would have earned the counterfeiters approximately 1.5 million euros, will now be destroyed under customs supervision.
Video recordings of the two successful confiscations were recently published on the French customs’ YouTube channel.