28 June 2018
Officers from Border Force, Heathrow were joined by global brands yesterday at a training day organised by the Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG).
The day focused on home electrical products and included brands such as; ghd, SKY, Canon, SanDisk, Apple and Nintendo. The aim of the event was to raise awareness of the potential dangers caused by counterfeit products. Border Force officers chatted to brand protection experts throughout the day and enjoyed comparing the genuine and fake goods.
“Heathrow Border Force proactively trains officers to understand why protecting intellectual property matters. ACG appreciate the work they do and the support they give to our brand members.
"The European Union (EU) Customs recently confirmed that over 30% of fakes coming to the EU have the potential to damage health and safety. We already know there is a link to; drug trafficking, money laundering, firearms and corruption.
"Heathrow counterfeit seizures contribute to the overall enforcement work that takes place behind the scenes across the UK; disrupting the trade in counterfeit goods and protecting the consumer.” commented Alison Statham, ACG Director General.
Other ACG events and training days are listed on the ACG website: Events
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.