03 June 2019
In the run up to World Anti-Counterfeiting Day, ACG raised the profile of its fight against counterfeits by holding a Border Force Training Day at Heathrow airport today.
Big brands including BMW, Harley-Davidson, Mulberry, Apple and Levi Strauss exhibited fake and genuine products and invited enforcement officers from Heathrow Customs, the Freight Team, Intelligence, HMRC and Hayes pre-clearance team to visit their stalls, examine goods and learn more about the dangers of counterfeit goods.
“This has been a really good event today and well worth attending. I must have spoken to more than 100 officers who were really interested and engaged” commented a brand exhibitor.
Counterfeiting costs the UK economy £1.3 Billion a year in unpaid taxes and has close linked to criminal activities such as; drug trafficking, money laundering, people trafficking, guns and corruption.
To respond to this growing threat ACG will be hosting other enforcement training events and roadshows during the year. To find out more go to the events page of the ACG website.
World Anti-Counterfeiting Day is on Thursday 6 June. To mark the day ACG will be hosting an Intellectual Property Roadshow in Belfast.
ACG represents more than 3,000 brands affected by this influx of fakes into the UK and delivers an international network of information, advice and contacts on all aspects of IP protection. Working with Government and law enforcement agencies since 1980, ACG is focused on providing an effective and sustained response to counterfeiting.
Membership with the ACG is the best way to work with government and enforcement bodies to protect your brand. Our Roadshows and training days help you reach out to police, trading standards and border force officers and tell them about your genuine products.