03 September 2019
Hayes in Middlesex is the location of another of the new processing centres, which were recently opened (Milton Keynes being the other) to handle “high-risk” customs arrivals after Brexit.
At these facilities HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and Border Force will be carrying out checks on targeted traders from across the world.
Today, HMRC and Border Force officers attended training organised by ACG to raise awareness of counterfeiting and teach officers how to identify fake goods.
More than 50 officers visited the training event of ACG members exhibiting genuine and fake goods. Member brands included Procter and Gamble, Hasbro, Puma, Superdry and Epson
"Great event. Really good. Thanks for organising it. Will you be coming again?" commented a Border Force officer who attended the training.
More training at this site and at the Milton Keynes site will be advertised soon. The next Border Force training events for ACG brand members to exhibit and speak face-to-face with officers, are at Heathrow and Felixstowe.
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.