31 October 2018
ACG visited Heathrow airport today to deliver a training session, along with twelve of its brand members.
The brands exhibited and demonstrated genuine and counterfeit goods to Border Force officers who visited the training session and walked around the exhibition area speaking to the brand experts. Officers from HMRC and National Crime Agency also joined us during the day.
The brands, who included; Ted Baker, MICHAEL KORS, Estee Lauder, HP Enterprise, Cath Kidston, Tommy Hilfiger and Superdry, were pleased with the interest shown by the enforcement officers.
"Its been great to have the opportunity to travel to Heathrow and talk face-to-face with to the Border Force officers. Useful contacts and the time to explain how to identify counterfeit products justifies the time spent here" commented a Border Force training attendee.
Potentially harmful counterfeit products are on the rise and now make up over 43% of all products detained by customs (9% more than the previous year). These products include; foodstuffs, toys and products for daily use such as body care articles, medicines and electrical household goods.
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.