18 July 2019
When the UK saw a sharp fall in Border Force officers two years ago, it was the number of product seizures that shouldered the impact. They fell by 30% as officers were diverted away from customs to immigration control.
At the time ACG appealed to the Government to take a more serious look at how it expected to protect UK borders, businesses and consumers from the growing and menacing threat of counterfeit goods, which continue to become an accepted evil. Foodstuffs, toys and cigarettes make up the top three categories.
On 15 July Phil Lewis, ACG Director General and Graham Mogg, ACG Intelligence Coordinator met with HMRC, Border Force and Dave Lowe, UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) to discuss intelligence management and future anti-counterfeiting border strategies.
The meeting aimed to build on existing work with brands, by developing a strategy to better share intelligence to identify to suspect consignments.
"ACG is very keen to help avoid over burdening Border Force by any duplication of actions. We want to construct a better systematized way for industry and Border Force to cooperate around intelligence sharing" commented Phil Lewis.
As a result of the meeting Border Force, HMRC and the IPO will now be working to create a joint ‘evidenced’ strategy proposal, with the aim of guiding better cooperation, intelligence sharing and more cohesive actions.
The proposal will be completed in the Autumn.
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.