25 November 2016
The Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG) visited Felixstowe port on Wednesday 16 November to meet Border Force officers and provide training on spotting counterfeit products.
Members of the ACG who are brand experts displayed examples of genuine and fake; footwear, toys, clothing, watches, cigarettes, alcohol, sunglasses and razor blades in order to highlight the dangers of counterfeit products.
"These fake goods are a danger to the consumer and Border Force work hard to identify them and have produced some excellent result; seizing counterfeit goods and undermining the import of fake goods into the country" commented an ACG representative.
Four in ten Britons have admited to buying counterfeits. IP crime and the insatiable demand for fake goods cannot be properly tackled unless consumers understand the growing risks. Fakes can be unsafe, or even worse. Counterfeit drugs that supposedly treat cancer, HIV and malaria have led to deaths, as have counterfeit electronics, vehicle airbags, cosmetics, baby formula and other food products. Unlike legitimate goods, counterfeits aren’t inspected or regulated by government agencies, so consumers have no guarantees of their safety or effectiveness.
Consumers need to appreciate the full repercussions of their counterfeit purchases. How their personal health and safety could be at risk and how the money they spend on counterfeits could be used for organised crime and terrorism.
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.