10 December 2018
It has been a busy, but satisfying week for the Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG) and its brand members.
In the first full week of December we have already been involved in three separate raid actions.
On Saturday 1 December, the ACG joined brand members and Westminster Trading Standards (TS) on raid actions at two large retail stores in Oxford Street, London. An estimated 1,000 counterfeit and potentially unsafe products were seized.
Together with Greenwich Trading Standards and the Metropolitan Police, ACG brand members raided an address in Eltham, London on Tuesday 4 December. This property had been advertising hundreds of branded goods on Instagram. Around 3,000 counterfeit goods were seized including branded; trainers, clothing, jackets, cosmetics, jewellery, electrical goods, speakers, head phones and perfumes.
ACG brand members then went on to join enforcement agencies in Birmingham on Thursday 6 December, to raid a large storage facility suspected of manufacturing counterfeit goods. This was a worthwhile operation that caused a significant amount of disruption to this illegal trade.
Look out for more raid action over the next few weeks. The ACG is working hard to ensure that counterfeiters don’t ruin Christmas.
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.