A recent report released by the European Commission showed that in 2015, customs authorities had seized an estimated 5 million more counterfeit items over the previous year — an increase of 15% over 2014. In addition, more than 40 million products, worth about €650 million that were under suspicion of intellectual property rights violations were detained at EU borders in 2015.
Among the top types of items detained, cigarettes led the list, totaling 27%, followed closely by what are categorized as “everyday products” that can threaten a consumer’s health and safety, including food and beverages, toiletries, medicine, toys, and household electrical products.
China led the list of counterfeit-originating countries at 41%, followed by Montenegro, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Benin. In specific categories of counterfeit products, the following countries led as the country of origin for the following counterfeit products: